And Finally

Confirmed: There’s no Wanted/One Direction feud

By | Published on Tuesday 22 May 2012

The Wanted

Just in case there was any doubt whatsoever, The Wanted/One Direction mini-feud we enjoyed for at least two and half days earlier this year was totally and utterly manufactured by the media. Or so The Wanted continue to claim.

And that’s probably true. Though the pop press’s efforts to make the seemingly unstoppable British boy band phenomenon of 2012 even slightly interesting to people over fourteen years old was aided by The Wanted’s Max George telling Metro: “I don’t think people [in America] really look at us as the same kind of band [as 1D], because I think people look at them more like a Jonas Brothers sort of band, that are very TV and children’s magazine based. They make magazines instead of you actually hearing them on the radio”.

And then the group’s Nathan Sykes told The People [before 1D made US chart history by having their debut album top the US chart]: “If you look at One Direction’s chart position and then look at ours, they’re not really even our rivals. They have different fans to us. We don’t want their fans, they’re too young. We laugh and say that their fans are our fans’ younger sisters”.

But if you’re reading tensions between the two British boy bands in those quotes, then you’re just trying too hard. Because Sykes has assured Hollyscoop: “I think it’s expected from the media, [they are] always trying to put two bands together and trying to start a rivalry. We have no issue with [One Direction] whatsoever”.

In fact, Sykes added, his group would even consider collaborating with their rivals, though probably only in the name of charidee. Says Sykes: “I think the collaboration between the two bands could generate a lot of cash maybe and we would actualy be willing to do it for charity”.

So, consider this clarified – there are no petty tensions between The Wanted and One Direction. The Wanted boys are leaving all the petty toys-out-of-the-pram fun times to bosses at their management company Global, whose sister operation Capital FM is still – as far as we are aware – ploughing on with its 1D ban after Harry Styles mistakenly thanked Radio 1 when picking up the Capital sponsored Best Single BRIT Award back in February.