One Direction Confirm Progress on New Album During First TV Appearance Post-Zayn Malik

One Direction members Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan Late Late Show with James Corden 2015
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One Direction members Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan appear on "The Late Late Show with James Corden," Thursday, May 14, 2015.  

One Direction has been a man down for more than a month. Like the rest of us, they still don’t appear to have recovered from the shock. 

The British and Irish boyband appeared overnight on The Late Late Show With James Corden for their first TV appearance post-Zayn Malik

The now-foursome looked tired as they chatted briefly to their host James Corden via telelink and later in the studio. Indeed, Harry Styles is so gloomy, he’s got a cold. The heartthrob sipped from a mug of tea through the chat, and took some sarcastic comments of “very rock n’ roll” from his bandmates. 

The lads then joined Corden on the couch for a question-and-answer session which covered Zayn’s departure, the future of the band and…wait for it…a new album. 

When asked if they’d been in touch with Zayn, Louis Tomlinson quipped that “there’s been a bit of back and forth. We’re on good terms with him.” (The laughing One Directioners in the crowd knew full well that Louis and Zayn have had a very public Twitter spat). “It’s all resolved,” Louis says of his and Zayn’s social-media feud.  

Liam Payne addressed Zayn’s departure head-on. “It’s like anything, at first we were a little bit angry. Obviously we were surprised, but I think we all knew the general vibe Zayn was feeling." The life inside the goldfish bowl of pop superstardom just isn’t for everyone. "There’s certain parts of this job that Zayn loved, and certain parts he didn’t. And if you don’t like your job, you’ve got to follow your heart sometimes and go where you need to go." There’s no hard feelings, he says, and with a typically British attitude he explained the band would “carry on as usual.”

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Niall Horan stressed the mega-selling group wouldn’t be splitting. “The four of us love every part of it. The shows have been great on the tour and the fans deserve it. They’ve been absolutely fantastic to us. We enjoy every aspect of it.”

Just what life after Zayn will sound like should be revealed pretty soon. Horan announced the group is in the studio, working on a follow up to 2014’s Four. “We’re looking forward to bringing out a new record and going on more tours and stuff,” Horan adds. “We’re really enjoying it.” They’ll get to prove it when they play their next show June 5 at Cardiff Stadium in Wales.

The boys also shared "war stories" about life on the road. "The classic pants and bra always get thrown on," noted Liam. And the chaps wrapped things up with a performance alongside James, Reggie Watts and the house band.