By now all five members of One Direction have moved on to pursue solo careers, but we guarantee that fans and reporters alike will continue to ask them about their boy band days from now until eternity.
Including CBS Sunday Morning’s Tony Dokoupil, who recently asked former One Direction frontman and current dreamboat Harry Styles about the origin of the group’s name. Surprisingly, it wasn’t X-Factor judge slash mentor Simon Cowell but, in fact, Styles himself who suggested the name One Direction and effectively changed the lives of thousands of teen girls forever.
“I thought it sounded good,” Styles explains. “We threw around names for a little bit, and I honestly don’t know. I suggested it and everyone was like ‘Yeah we like that’ and then it kind of stuck, and that was what it was.”
Yep, apparently it was that simple. There’s no way we can knock the name given how ubiquitous it’s become, but we kind of want to know what some of the alternate options were. Maybe we’ll find out when the members’ tell-all biographies inevitably come out in ten years.
Styles uses the interview to briefly reminisce about his 1D past, telling Dokoupil about the time he lost his shoes while he was touring with the band in Paris—according to Styles, there were so many people there to greet the band that he “ended up off the ground somehow” and eventually realized he wasn’t walking.
They also transition into talking about Styles’ decision to go solo, which the musician admits “didn’t feel scary” because he was excited to make music that’s honest and that he loves to play. “The idea of making something that I wasn’t 100 percent behind is much scarier to me,” Styles explains.
Hopefully Styles won’t get stage fright when he stops by Toronto and Vancouver during his worldwide solo tour, which you can purchase tickets to on his official website.