One Direction premiered their new music video for ‘History’ and with is archival footage and nostalgic trip through five years of memories immediately it went viral. The surprise clip features former band member Zayn Malik and quickly going viral.

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Directioners who were checking their social media might have thought they had entered a time warp, if not possibly an alternate universe. Yes, that universe where hiatus and One Direction have never been in the same sentence! And beyond that, yet another universe in which One Direction is still its original quintet and all those months with Zhayn Malik never ever happened.

But quickly fans — and everyone else along for the ride — discovered that yes, this is a new music video for the single ‘History.’ It’s not a hoax, it wasn’t leaked, it was an intentional and surprise premiere.

And what a nostalgic romp! All five band members together; Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Liam Payne plus Zayn Malik, yes, just as they were pictured above on the red carpet more than a year ago.

The single, ominously titled as such, is from the band’s fifth album, ‘Made In The A.M..’ released last year before their hiatus. It was their first album without Malik but yet, provoking much discussion, he is seen in the video. Now all of the footage is archival, granted, but there are some key moments. He’s pictured as the line, ““I thought we were going strong” is heard. So put two and two together or not?

Other speculation is that this is the band’s farewell, the swan song video. The last time we’ll see the band in whole or in part. At this point, all bets are off. This planned hiatus of a boy band that was manufactured on a reality TV talent show is artifice upon artifice. We’ll just have to wait and see!

Meanwhile happening concurrently as social media was abuzz over the new music video. According to Billboard, he opened up to Sunday Times Culture magazine in the UK and spoke of a possible reunion. He said, “Who knows?…I don’t know…If the time was right and that was the thing to do, then I would make that decision when it came around.”

The band is scheduled for an 18-month hiatus but who knows, we may wake up one morning and find out that the long absence is over, or we may find confirmation that this was the final farewell. But in the meantime, you can see One Direction with Zayn Malik reunited in ‘History’ music video below!

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