March has not been an easy month for One Direction and their fans. As announced recently, one of its members, Zayn Malik, has quit the group altogether, citing that he’s leaving his career to live a normal life as a 22-year old.
But fret not, Directioners, as similar incidents like this have happened in the past. Pop groups come and go, but sometimes members reunite at some point, too. As much as it the separation is unfortunate, it’s also inevitable that Zayn will most likely perform on the stage again with Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Niall Horan someday soon.
Here are some of the world’s most popular pop groups that have broken up and gotten back together:
In 1998, Geri Halliwell, also known as Ginger Spice of the Spice Girls, quit her girl group to embark on a solo career. At that time of her departure, the group was at its peak, but she essentially halted the band’s successful rise. With only four girls remaining, Spice Girls tried to shift their style and their music without much success.
They have all since charted solo careers after Geri left, but there have been several attempts to reunite the band. In 2012, the group did perform again at the London Summer Olympics and they also did the musical “Viva Forever.”
There is news that the group will be doing another reunion show since their 20th anniversary is coming up, but this has yet to be confirmed.
Take That is the equivalent of One Direction in the 90s. Like the young group, their songs were chart-toppers and their shows were guaranteed always sold-out. However, Robbie Williams, their lead vocalist, left the group in 1995 to go solo. Their split, however, was marred by fights between Williams and his former co-member Gary Barlow, and it did not escape the press.
Take That, which has since performed as a four-man group, would continue to hold successful shows. In 2010, Williams actually re-joined them for a new album and another concert tour. He also declared that he and Barlow have settled their differences.
The group would disband again in 2012.
The Police said their farewell as a group in 1986, after which, Sting successfully established himself as a solo artist. They said they would never reunite, but in 2007, the band did get together and made a lot of money with their reunion concert.
At the turn of the millennium, the Backstreet Boys rose to great heights as a superstar all-male group. If the British had Take That, the Americans had these boys. But by 2005, Kevin Richardson left the group to do other things. In 2012, however, he came back just in time for the group to celebrate their 20th year.
The band has recently released a documentary “Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of” which tackles their formation, struggles and the future. The band is still together, strong and united.
Before Beyonce became a successful solo superstar, she was part of the girl group Destiny’s Child with Kelly Rowlands and Michelle Williams. Their separation was part of the group’s plan, and the girls charted successful solo careers afterwards.
During Beyonce’s Superbowl performance in 2013, Destiny’s Child had a reunion on stage. But no news of album collaboration or tours are in the works so far. But like everything else, who knows what can happen between now and a few years down the line?
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