Stories alleging Harry Styles “doubts” there will be a One Direction reunion following remarks recently made by Zayn Malik about how he has no contact with the other group members are complete fabrications. It doesn’t even make sense that Styles, who barely had a connection to Malik when he was in 1D, would entirely hinge a reunion on a guy who actually quit the band in March 2015. Worse is that Gossip Cop has exclusively learned the site, which posted the wholly untrue report, was told by Style’s rep the claim was made-up, and yet it still published the falsehood and, against journalistic conventions, did not disclose the premise had been denied by a spokesperson.
The latest manufactured narrative comes from HollywoodLife, a site so well-known for its penchant for concocting bogus reports that it’s often referred to as HollywoodLies. The habitually discredited blog maintains how Styles has “always been open” about a possible One Direction reunion, but following the new interview Malik did with British Vogue, Styles is “not so sure” anymore about that happening. Not surprisingly, the made-up story was picked up and slightly rewritten by the ironically named outlet, Celebrity Insider, which similarly has a poor track record when it come to reliability.
To lend credence to its report and pretend it has some sort of inside information, HollywoodLies quotes what it untruthfully terms “a source close to Harry.” The unnamed, untraceable, and quite possibly manufactured “source” alleges Styles has “always been open to getting the guys back together,” but after Malik’s remarks in British Vogue about how he hasn’t spoke in “a long time” to Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, and Liam Payne either, Styles “doubts” a reunion “would ever happen.”
Of course, Malik’s most recent comments are not really that surprising or new. In 2016, Malik said in a cover story for NME that he hadn’t seen any of his former bandmates since leaving One Direction, and “I tried to have contact but nobody’s reached out. So… whatever.” And before that, Malik himself told Beats 1 Radio’s Zane Lowe that he “instantly realized” that he “never really wanted” to be in One Direction and that the group’s music “wasn’t my cup of tea.”
Also, last year Malik admitted, “I never really spoke to Harry even when I was in the band.” And yet, HollywoodLies (and the re-writers at Celebrity Insider) want readers to believe that Styles felt a One Direction reunion was wholly predicated on Malik and now suddenly “doubts” it will happen? Malik has consistently said for years he didn’t want to be in 1D and disliked the group’s songs, so why would anyone believe he’d jump at the opportunity to be in a reunion, should one ever happen?
Basically, as Gossip Cop has repeatedly pointed out, HollywoodLies takes stories in the news and then uses them as starting points to manufacture phony angles around them. In this instance, not only is the assertion that Styles was banking on Malik participating in a One Direction reunion highly illogical and provably false, but as noted above, Styles’s own rep exclusively confirmed to Gossip Cop that the website was told in no uncertain terms its narrative was made-up, and yet it posted the fabricated article anyway.
Lastly, HollywoodLife makes up so many lies that it can’t even keep track of them, many of which contradict each other. But Gossip Cop keeps very detailed records. While the habitually debunked outlet now contends Styles has “always been open to getting the guys back together,” just a year ago, the same untrustworthy blog swore up and down Styles was not interested in a One Direction reunion because he had “completely moved on” from the group, which was “forever in [his] rearview mirror.” It’s clear that if there are any “doubts,” it should be from the readers of those sites as to the truthfulness of their articles.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.