Today is a momentous, important day in history, in case you are unaware. One Direction released the video for "You and I," their fourth single off Midnight Memories, and the lads are clearly starting to show their age. If not their fathers' age.
Here's the video:
Now, this is a perfectly fine video. MTV called it "pretty awesome;" Hollywood Life says they look "super hot, as usual;" Vulture argues the video rips off The Craft, the 1996 masterpiece about teen witches, and Vulture may have a point. But that's not what we will talk about today. The boys are for whatever reason thinking about a complicated relationship while walking along Clevedon Pier outside of Somerset, England, something with which we can all relate. This is no longer young love, though, as the boys have all grown into men, lads into... whatever British people call adult males (blokes?). The softness of youth has officially worn off these boy band superstars, and the hard effects of both mega-fame and adulthood have begun to settle in. One Direction can longer skate by on boyish good looks. Let's rank the One Directioners based on who has aged the most, from youngest-to-oldest:
At some point, Zayn found a fountain of youth and perfection, and sucks to be the rest of us, I guess. He'll stay 18 and beautiful forever. Gift? Curse? Probably a gift.
Amazingly, Harry looks exactly like the 20-year-old shit-disturber he is. Some youthful features remain, though the baby fat has given way to forehead wrinkles, signs of wisdom and maturity, or at least that's what he tells girls. How do you think he roped in Taylor Swift for so long? Unfortunately sometimes Harry still fails to dress like an adult. Where did he find this grey sweater, his grandfather's closet? His tickle trunk? (A million teenage girls just dreamed of Harry's tickle trunk.)