On Oct. 29, 2015, One Direction’s Liam Payne uploaded a video on his Twitter page to preview a snippet of himself singing the One Direction song “Olivia.” Payne tweeted, “I shouldn’t really be doing this but! #MadeInTheAm happy Thursday.” The song lyrics include the lines, “Please believe me, don’t you see the things you mean to me. I love you, I love you, I love you, I love Olivia.” The group has not revealed if a real person is the inspiration for the song. One Direction’s fifth album, Made in the A.M., is due for a worldwide release on Nov. 13, 2015. The album, like all of One Direction’s previous albums, is expected to be a No. 1 hit in several countries.
The sneak preview of album track “Olivia” came just days after it was announced that Payne and Sophia Smith have gone their separate ways again. The former couple began dating in 2013 and briefly split up that year before getting back together again. It appears their breakup in 2015 is now permanent. An unnamed source told Mail Online: “Liam and Sophia have split. Liam is incredibly sad, but is going to keep busy. He really hopes that everybody will respect both his and Sophia’s privacy and stop speculating.”
On Oct. 20, 2015, One Direction abruptly canceled a concert in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The official reason was that Payne was suffering from an undisclosed “illness.” Many fans have speculated that the end of his relationship with Smith was the real reason for the cancellation.
The year 2015 has been one of major splits for One Direction. Original member Zayn Malik quit in March while the group was in the midst of a world tour. (One Direction has announced that Malik will not be replaced in the group.) Four months after Malik exited One Direction, Malik and Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards ended their engagement. Malik and Edwards had been dating since 2012 and got engaged in 2013. (A wedding date was never set.)
Meanwhile, One Direction member Louis Tomlinson and Eleanor Calder (who had been dating each other since 2011) also split in March 2015. A couple of months later, Tomlinson got Los Angeles-based stylist Briana Jungwirth pregnant after having a short-lived fling with her. The child is due in early 2016.
In August 2015, One Direction announced that the group is taking a hiatus as of March 2016 to pursue solo projects. It remains to be seen how long this hiatus will last. The other members of the group are Harry Styles and Niall Horan. On Oct. 31, 2015, One Direction will perform the group’s last concert of its “On the Road Again” world tour, with a show at Sheffield Arena in England.
One Direction was formed on “The X Factor” U.K. in 2010 when Simon Cowell and other decision makers put together a group of five contestants who originally auditioned for the show as solo singers. One Direction came in third place on the show and has since become the world’s biggest-selling act to emerge from “The X Factor.”