It all started in March when Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun, teased that he and the Biebs were thinking about working with the chart-topping boy band. "[A collaboration is] very possible. He likes them and thinks they are good dudes. All people of that generation should be there to help each other." The chatter had died down for a bit, until this week when the guys of 1D tweeted that they had visited Bieber in the studio.
That led fans to speculate that the six guys had recorded something together, though it wasn't clear what. Tweets like "expect the unexpected" fueled the fire. But when MTV News caught up with the guys in New York City, they were quick to clarify that all they were there to do was listen to some of their pal's new music.
"We actually went down to the studio to listen to some of Justin Bieber's tracks," Liam Payne explained. "He invited us down and we had a good listen, but there's no real collaboration or anything."
With chatter about any big group-sing in the works between the six heartthrobs now over and done, Payne gave us a little critique of Believe, which drops later this year. "We were just having a listen to some of his music and hanging out," he said, adding, "[It's a] really good, really good album."
That seems to jibe with some of the tweets the guys sent out on Wednesday, prompting the initial collaboration conjecture. One Direction's Niall Horan wrote, "In the studio with our boy @justinbieber last night, it's gona sound great!" Payne later added, "Got a first listen to Justin Bieber's new album yesterday wowww big songs!!! It's gunna be a smash ... Expect the unexpected :O."