The 26-year-old singer spoke candidly about the boy band members on Sirius XM Hits 1’s “The Morning Mash Up” Tuesday, sharing why it’s hard to predict when a reunion could happen.
“I say different times all the time because whatever I’m thinking might happen, but it’s difficult,” the “Strip That Down” singer said in response about how long it could take to bring the band back together.
“I mean I haven’t spoken to Harry in a while so I don’t really know where his head’s at with that. I heard he mentioned it in some sort of magazine thing or whatever the other day, which was cool, but I think everybody else has been really outspoken and I think that they’re like ready to go whenever,” he added.
While he shared that he’s focusing on his solo career right now, he wouldn’t be opposed to returning to the band, should the timing be right.
“I don’t think I’d ever say I’d never do it again, because I don’t feel that way. If there’s a time when we all really want to do it, that’s the only time for us to do it, because I don’t think it should be about anything else other than the fact that we’re all like, ‘Hey, this was really fun. We should do this again,’ ” he said at the time.
“I know Niall was ready the day that we decided to stop for a second,” Payne said. “He was like, ‘Sure we’re coming back in tomorrow, boys!’ He was just ready to go.”
Tomlinson said, ”I think it’s inevitable.”
One fan caught a video of Payne giving a shoutout to Tomlinson during his set on Sept. 13.
“Louis is hiding out there as well, somewhere,” he said as fans cheered. “We both discussed that we forgot to wish Niall a happy birthday,” he added of their other bandmate, Niall Horan.
📲 | Liam Payne mentioned Louis during his set at #CCME before singing happy birthday to Niall Horan ♥️— Louis Updates ◟̽◞̽ (@KingLWTPromo) September 13, 2019
“Louis is hiding out there as well, somewhere... and we both discussed that we forgot to wish niall a happy birthday”
Payne asked the audience to join in on a “quick happy birthday” for Horan, leading the crowd in song and riffing at the end.