One Direction's girlfriends left out of 'This is Us'
05:00 AM, Aug 30, 2013
One thing noticeably missing from One Direction’s concert film and documentary This Is Us – the band members’ girlfriends.
There are long shots of excited, even crying, fans, screaming for the five members of the right-now boy band — Niall Horan, 19, Zayn Malik, 20, Liam Payne, 19, Harry Styles, 19, and Louis Tomlinson, 21 — in the film that opened Friday.
But no girlfriends — either discussed in lengthy interviews with the band members or seen onscreen.
It’s surprising since there is plenty of interesting fodder on that topic. Styles dated Taylor Swift, a relationship that inspired Swift to write the hit song “I Knew You Were Trouble.” It’s a song and relationship Swift reminded the world about during her acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards. Malik recently got engaged to pop singer Perrie Edwards.
“And Zayn has been dating his girlfriend for close to a year if not longer,” says online blogger Perez Hilton. “She’s not mentioned at all in the movie. Neither are any of the girlfriends the band members have. Which is odd, considering it’s a documentary-type movie. “
Director Morgan Spurlock said he talked to the band members about their relationships, but didn’t include the discussions in the final cut.
“I find their relationships with each other to be much more of an important part of how they interact,” says Spurlock of the band. “How they balance each other out and stay grounded. I didn’t want to be in a situation where we are suddenly introducing a kind of relationship that the guys have. And suddenly they are not in it anymore.”
Spurlock pointed out that Payne broke up with a longtime girlfriend (Danielle Peazer) during the making of the film.
“The kids are aged 19-21,” says Spurlock. “How serious were the relationships when you were that age?”
“I still stand by that decision,” he adds, of leaving the discussions out.