One Direction celebrated their 10th anniversary on Thursday (June 23).

 

 

Each member of the band (minus Zayn Malik, but are you shocked?) celebrated in their own, heartfelt way on Instagram.  Check out Harry, Liam, Niall and Louis’ super-sweet messages below.

 

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I’ve been struggling to put into words how grateful I am for everything that’s happened over the last ten years. I’ve seen things and places that I’d only ever dreamt of when I was growing up. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with some of the most incredible people, and gained friendships that I know I will treasure for the rest of my life. None of this would be possible without the support you’ve given along the way. And for that, I will be forever thankful. I just can’t believe it’s been ten years. Thank you to our crew, our team, and everyone else who helped us along the way. To all the fans, I love you, and I thank you with all my heart. You did it all, and you changed everything. And finally.. to the boys, I love you so much, and I couldn’t be prouder of everything we achieved together. Here’s to ten. H

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In addition, the day was filled with nonstop 1D treats for the fans – a special anniversary video, 4K ultra HD versions of fan-favorite music videos and a chance to relive all your favourite 1D moments with their new website.

 

 

Awwww … look at those baby faces.

 

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Where it all began #10YearsOf1D

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And in an interview with Simon Cowell, the mastermind behind One Direction, he tells Rolling Stone what he initially saw in the boys and reveals why he decided on a boy band rather than solo artists.

 

 

RS: Just to go back to the very beginning: These are all talented guys. But someone as charismatic and talented as Harry alone, how did he not get through as a solo act?
SC:
“It’s a good question. He did a great first audition, and then we have a second stage of the competition where we have to narrow the numbers down to 32 from, say, 200, and for whatever reason, all five of them screwed up a section of that particular part of the competition. With him, I think we put it down to his age, etc., and that’s why he didn’t go though, but, at the same time, as we said no to them, there was a part of me going, “We can’t lose them, we gotta do something with them.”

 

RS: Was it, in fact, Nicole Scherzinger who had the idea of putting them together?
SC:
“No, it was my idea. [Scherzinger has said that she came up with it.]

 

RS: It was her who suggested it on the show …
SC:
“Well, we’ll find the tapes; it was definitely me. I may have asked her to say it, but it was definitely my idea. Yes, I’m sure we got it on tape somewhere where I actually say, “You should say it.”

 

RS: So what did you see in these five people?
SC:
“A combination of everything: some particular people who I didn’t want to lose — Harry being one of them; the fact that the groups that year were actually pretty bad; there was actually a gap in the market for a group like them at that particular moment; and then doing what I always do since I’ve run a record label — you have to rely on your gut instinct sometimes to make this decision. And I’ve done this many times and had a lot of success putting groups together. When the five of them walked out onstage I had to make the decision: “Do I bring four back? Do I bring five back?” And it literally took me 15 minutes to get it sorted.”

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