If you’re like us, then you’ve been feeling the absence of One Direction more than ever before with the Dunkirk trailer , starring Harry Styles, being released and Liam Payne announcing his own solo career. Not only are we missing 1D, but we are in a serious boy band drought. All the big names are either on a ‘temporary hiatus’ or have officially split, leaving tons of talented guys to fend for themselves.
While some have gone off into other careers or are taking a well-deserved vacation, some ex-boy band members have had successful solo ventures. It can be hard to leave your past behind you, especially when you’re constantly being asked about your boy band days, and sometimes the harsh truth comes out. We rounded up all the solo singers who completely regret being in a musical group. Check out our gallery below to see what your faves have said about their past:
It's no secret why Zayn is the top of this list. Ever since he broke our hearts and left 1D, he's made his true feelings about the band obvious. From saying that he won't listen to his former band's new tunes to claiming that he was never given creative freedom in the group, Zayn definitely doesn't wish to be attached to the group anymore.
The youngest member of the acclaimed Jonas Brothers has had a pretty successful solo career ever since the band announced its split in October 2013. He is never one to shy away from questions asking about his past life and has said how much he regrets it.
In a Tidal exclusive docu-series, Nick said that "It does suck that [his] 13-to 20-year-old years come with a lot of regret, almost, in a way." He has definitely moved on and is currently killin' it on tour with his BFF Demi Lovato.
Although it sounds nice to have been in the middle of the Jonas Brothers during its eight year success, Joe revealed that it wasn't as glamorous as it seemed. Writing a story about his experience in the boy band for Vulture, Joe revealed that he just wanted to walk away from it all and that he felt trapped inside the inner Disney circle. Joe attempted a solo album, Fastlife, that wasn't well-received, but he is now enjoying his well-deserved fame as the lead singer for DNCE.
*NSYNC is one of the greatest boy bands of all time, yet Justin has said that leaving the band was one of the "best worst decisions."
Justin admitted that he "would wake up every morning feeling this more and more of an urge to step out on [his] own and try my own hand as a musician just by myself." Just seven months after *NSYNC announced its hiatus, JT released his first solo track and hasn't looked back since.
The Wanted's 5-year life was full of fair success and tons of drama. From engaging in Twitter fights with the members of One Direction to getting involved with the police, the British members definitely made a name for themselves.
In early 2014, the guys announced they were "taking a break" so they could focus on solo careers, and Nathan has been the most successful in the endeavor. Speaking out about his boy band days, Nathan is excited about his upcoming debut solo album and regrets agreeing to E!'s reality show, The Wanted Life.
Known as being member of '90s boy band 98 Degrees and ex-husband to Jessica Simpson, Nick has had a long, and successful career. Although the boy band has reunited and is currently working on tour, Nick has since covered up the tattoo he got in honor of his foursome. The tattoo was a decorative sun with the number 98 in the middle, now Nick sports a completely filled-in sun tattoo. Looks like Nick didn't want a permanent reminder of his boy band days.