The Irish Mail on Sunday
La vida loco in Lima,
Block your ears and lock up your tweenies – the hair-gelled One Direction juggernaut is coming to town.
A quarter of a million fans of the outlandishly successful boyband will descend on Croke Park for three nights this weekend.
Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik are predicted to earn a recordbreaking $1bn on their Where We Are world tour – though with 88 concerts in just six months it should probably be called Where Are We? instead.
One Direction are huge in America, where they are the first group to reach No.1 in the Billboard chart with their first three albums since The Monkees in 1967. ‘We never predicted this,’ admitted Simon Cowell, who put the boys together on the X Factor in 2010 – and they only came third.
So, which of the lads has had the most girlfriends? Who has the least tattoos? Who is most likely to break up the band and go solo? Whose favourite song is Chris de Burgh’s Lady in Red? Who got in trouble for frittering away thousands in a casino? Who plucked a fan from the crowd in Belfast and took her back to the hotel? Which one does Rihanna have a crush on? We give you a glimpse of what life is like inside the surreal 1D bubble…