In April of 2012, just as they were breaking in the United States, the members of One Direction spent several days hanging out with Rolling Stone for a major feature that, in the end, went unpublished. Back then, the guys were unaffected and friendly, with a puppyish, Hard Day's Night-esque energy, and they did most of their interviews together, often resulting in a hard-to-transcribe blur.
They ultimately consented to brief individual chats – including this phoner with just-departed member Zayn Malik, conducted through a fuzzy cell connection as he prepared to board a plane. To commemorate Malik's tenure in the group, here's a quick snapshot from the early days.
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