Liam Payne Says a One Direction Reunion 'Still Seems Very Hopeful' but 'Can't Promise' Anything

One Direction fans can still hold on to hope that there will be a reunion.

During a recent chat with PEOPLE to promote his new single "Midnight" with Swedish DJ Alesso, Liam Payne said that he and his former bandmates — Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan — are "in the middle of [figuring out] what to do" to mark the 10-year anniversary of the band's formation in July.

"Obviously, we know it's a very big anniversary and we definitely want to do something," Payne said. "I mean, it's a tough one. I can't promise any reunion plans because it just isn't it right now. I always put it down to music language because everyone's releasing at the moment with like two years worth of promo. But, you know, it still seems very hopeful in that department. I'm starting to think it's gonna happen at some point. So it's exciting."

While self-isolating amid the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Payne, 26, said he and his former bandmates were able to reconnect.

"The basis of our chat has been trying to get Alesso into the band somehow," he joked, before adding, "No, I'm just kidding. But we could do with a Swedish member, actually. It's been nice to open up the channels of communication again because we hadn't spoken for a while. And I think we all needed that after spending so much time together — just to figure out our own selves as people because we all know what we are in the band. We spent so much time together that I didn't know where the f— I fit in by the time it finished. It was kind of crazy."

"But it's been nice," he continued. "It's been so lovely. And it's just nice to see everyone turned out to be nice people, you know?"

As a solution, Alesso suggested that Payne take a tip from Modern Family's Phil Dunphy, who uses a telepresence robot to be with his family while away.

"I can be a little cyber daddy," Payne said with a laugh.

When life returns to normal, Payne said he's most looking forward to seeing his son and getting McDonald's.

"McDonald's is closed in the U.K. and nuggets right now sounds fire as hell," he said. "Cheeseburgers sound good, McFlurrys sound good. It's all sounding good."

As for Alesso, he said he's going to "get so hammered that I'm not going to leave my house just as a f— you to corona."

"Jokes aside, I've missed my family in Sweden," he said. "It's just heartbreaking. I see my brother's videos when he visits my grandma but she's waving from the balcony. These times need to change."

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