Perhaps it’s their exhaustive rehearsal schedule leading up to their ‘Where We Are’ world tour taking its toll, but this little image of One Direction (above), a screenshot from the announcement of their new single ‘You & I’ doesn’t exactly scream happy family. The six second clip itself makes it appear to us that all is far from rosy in the 1D camp ahead of the tour, which kicks off in South America later this month.
Harry delivers the news of the new single, saying that “we’re very excited to announce…” with about as much excitement as a bowl of custard.
Niall seems genuinely worried, Zayn is the most animated of the bunch, Liam looks a little lost and troubled and Louis seems to be merely going through the motions.
The physical gap between Harry and the rest of the boys is also telling.
There have been ongoing rumours of infighting in the band across the past six months or more, with Harry reportedly keen to branch out with a solo career.
How those tensions play out across the seven month tour throughout South America, Europe and North America remains to be seen, but it’s clear from this little clip that the energy, enthusiasm and excitement that used to exude from the 1D boys has drastically waned.