Barbara Walters interviewed One Direction, naming them some of the most fascinating people of the year. Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson gamely answered questions from the veteran interviewer, who has interviewed everyone from Fidel Castro to Vladimir Putin. Each lad introduced himself, gave his age and his hometown. Barbara shared the story of how they met. They were all contestants on X-Factor
. Simon dinged them individually, but turned them into a band and signed them to his label. In two years they have generated $160 million in income from albums and touring.
Barbara didn't take it easy on them. Harry, who is now dating Taylor Swift, was asked, "You have been linked to older women. How old is older women? 23?" Harry said yes and 83 year old Barbara joked, "I may kill myself!" She asked Zayn how he does his hair (the band claimed that they help him with it). They all agreed that Niall is the cutest band member. Barbara grilled them about wanting to do a Justin Timberlake and warned them that boy bands don't last long. They all denied that they want to go solo, and said they enjoy being a band. Hey, it's a Barbara Walters interview. The questions are going to be tough. Take a look:
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