One Direction: Why Directioners threw vegetables at the band on stage

Niall Horan reflects on time in One Direction with Dermot O’Leary

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During the early days of One Direction, the band dominated the X Factor website. The quintet was quickly becoming one of the most popular acts on the 2010 competition, with a huge fanbase on Twitter. Because of this, the group worked with ITV to create video diaries to answer questions from their fans. But one question went wrong for them. 

During the first batch of questions the 1D boys, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik, were asked their love lives.

Retelling the story, Niall said: “During one of the first [diaries] we were asked: ‘What do we like in girls?'”

Most of the band replied with some expected answers. Liam revealed he liked girls with “nice eyes”. Harry said he liked girls with a “nice pretty face”.

Louis announced: “I like girls who… eat carrots!”

Louis’ answer became an ongoing joke for the band long after they left the X Factor.

The group came third in the competition – following Rebecca Ferguson and Matt Cardle – but their fame continued long into the 2010s.

After leaving the competition and holding their own gigs, the carrot joke continued to follow them.

Niall later told a radio station: “Since then we’ve been getting carrots lobbed at us on stage.”

Louis eventually back-pedalled on this comment, however, changing the scope of the word entirely.

Long after the word “carrot” became a joke within the band, Louis explained he “didn’t like carrots anymore”.

After this comment, carrot became an insult within the Directioners’ culture.

This isn’t the only piece of fandom created around Louis in the One Direction fandom.

Louis was also rumoured to have a secret love affair with fellow star, Harry.

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Louis and Harry both denied the relationship, buts fans seemed adamant it was happening behind closed doors.

Speaking to The Guardian in 2019, Louis confessed: “I know, culturally, it’s interesting, but I’m just a bit tired of it.”

When the phenomenon was discussed TV show Euphoria, Louis added: “No, I’m not going to lie, I was P***d off.

“It annoyed me that a big company would get behind it.”

Despite the rumours surrounding the members of the band, Directioners are in luck as they are odds on to reunite this year.

Ladbrokes currently has the band at 1/5 on getting back together within the next few months.

The company’s Alex Apati said: “The odds suggest there’s a strong chance Directioners will be celebrating reunion news before the year is out.”

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