June 20, 2012 12:00 PM

WELCOME! Back in 2010, five teens entered Britain’s X Factor, each hoping for a shot at a solo singing career. Though they didn’t make it individually, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik and Harry Styles were put together by Simon Cowell and immediately took off as One Direction. With hits like “What Makes You Beautiful” and “One Thing,” the group became an international sensation; more than 10,000 fans showed up for their American debut on the Today show March 12. In honor of 1D—and their U.S. tour ending in August—we bring you this special issue. Filled with hundreds of pictures and intimate details, it’s devoted not just to the guys but also to you, their fans!

18 HARRY

The backstory on the boy with the megawatt smile who’s become one of the band’s biggest heartthrobs

24 LOUIS

1D’s resident funnyman and sensitive soul is serious when it comes to style

30 ZAYN

Shy, nerdy, romantic: the many sides of the singer with the movie-star looks

38 LIAM

How he overcame a serious health scare to make it big

46 NIALL

The scoop on the sports-loving, guitar-strumming Irish lad

54 THEIR BIG BREAK

Reliving the X Factor days

68 GET THE 1D LOOK FOR YOUR GUY!

Shoes, shirts, hair products—a look at the boys’ style

ON THE COVER (Horan, Styles, Tomlinson) Dalle/Landov; (Payne) CWBR/AKM Images/GSI Media; (Malik) Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

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