As the most successful global act to emerge from “The X Factor,” One Direction has hit the big leagues and is now traveling by private jet. But for the group’s first world tour in 2012, One Direction traveled by tour bus. Members of the group have now described what life on that tour bus was like. (One Direction will still travel by bus but the group is traveling more often by private jet these days.)
Many One Direction fans dream of spending time with One Direction. But on life on a One Direction tour bus is far from glamorous, say the members of One Direction. (Not that it would make a difference to how One Direction fans feel about the group.)
The members of One Direction are all ages 18 to 20, so it’s no surprise that they say that when One Direction is on tour, they live a lot like university students.
Liam Payne, 19, told the Daily Mail that One Direction’s tour bus is as “disgusting” as a student residence. He added, “In some ways, we are like students in the way we live except that we work harder. Whenever I ring any of my mates at uni – around two in the afternoon because they never wake up before then – and ask what they are doing they usually say ‘just hanging in halls playing Fifa.'”
And who are the biggest slobs in One Direction? The members of the group have said in many interviews that 20-year-old Louis Tomlinson is the messiest, followed closely by 18-year-old Harry Styles. Payne and Zayn Malik, 19, are the tidiest.
And if you want to spend time with One Direction on a tour bus, be prepared for some unpleasant smells, say the band members, namely Tomlinson’s smelly feet (because he doesn’t like to wear socks) and 19-year-old Niall Horan’s frequent farting.
When One Direction is on tour, the group members often don’t have time to eat at fancy restaurants. Instead, they live on junk food. Pizza and Asian food are One Direction’s favorites. And they often get in food fights on the tour bus.
As for how the One Direction guys keep themselves entertained on the tour bus, Fifa is the currently group’s favorite video game. Tomlinson and Styles are described in the Daily Mail as “the dream team” of Fifa.
The favorite TV shows to watch on the bus are “Family Guy,” “American Dad” “Jeremy Kyle,” “Banged Up Abroad” and “Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents.” (They probably have some porn on the tour bus too, but they’d never admit it in an interview.)
Horan is the most likely to be on his phone tweeting or playing guitar on the tour bus. Malik is the one most likely to be reading a book or drawing on the tour bus.
As for “intimate” activities with fans while on tour, that’s more likely to happen in hotels than on the tour bus, which is considered off-limits to people who aren’t part of One Direction’s inner circle. One Direction will occasionally allow the media to take photos in the bus, but that’s rare, and the bus is definitely cleaned up before those photos are taken.
For One Direction’s 2013 world tour, the group is upgrading to a bigger tour bus. Fans may see what some of it looks like if that footage ends up in a One Direction documentary that is being planned for release in cinemas in 2013.
Update: One Direction has announced that the movie will be 3-D and in cinemas on August 30, 2013. Click here for more details.