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    Here's How Different The Boys Of One Direction Look After 9 Years

    This is the rare case of an across-the-board glow-up.

    Nine years ago, we were introduced to One Direction.

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    They were literal children.

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    Now, they're grown, so let's do some then-and-nows because it's my job to make content and who doesn't love a good then-and-now?

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    Niall Horan then:

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    Niall Horan now:

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    Niall released his first solo album in 2017. I personally think it's the best solo record of the boys, but that's just my opinion! In 2019, Niall helped launch a professional men's and women's golf tournament in Northern Ireland.

    Zayn Malik then:

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    Zayn Malik now:

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    Zayn has released two studio albums since the band broke up. He most recently appeared on the Aladdin movie soundtrack singing a cover of "A Whole New World." According to this random website that could be a complete lie, Body Art Guru, Zayn has 46 tattoos now. I believe it.

    Liam Payne then:

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    Liam Payne now:

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    Liam had one of the biggest-selling solo singles out of all the boys with 2017's "Strip That Down." He got together with Cheryl Cole in 2015, they had a baby named Bear, and they broke up in 2018.

    Louis Tomlinson then:

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    Louis Tomlinson now:

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    Louis has released a handful of songs since the band broke up, but he's the only member to not have released a full album or EP. In 2018, he was a judge on The X-Factor. He also has a son named Freddie.

    Harry Styles then:

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    Harry Styles now:

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    Harry released his first solo album in 2017. In my opinion, which you don't care about, it's very good. In 2019, Harry was co-chair of the Met Gala with Lady Gaga. In even gayer news, Kacey Musgraves opened for him in 2018.

    Now, please reunite.

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    Sip sip.

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