The One Direction lads are constantly surrounded by bodyguards, and that’s been the case ever since they began their meteoric rise to fame on The X Factor…
And today, while speaking to the Mirror, a former member of the team who ensure the lads’ safety, Andy ‘Baldy’ Davies, has been talking about what it’s like being minder to the most famous five teenagers in the world.
Andy, who’s known to Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Zayn Malik as Baldy, revealed that despite their mega success, the boys have remained down to earth and retained a sense of normality, despite the crazy rollercoaster ride of wealth and fame that they’re on.
He began by saying, “We were in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and this lady offered the boys $1 million to meet her kids…
“Sometimes the parents can be worse than the actual fans. This lady didn’t understand why we couldn’t take her offer.
“Some of these very wealthy people will do anything for their daughters. Three years ago you wouldn’t have paid a fiver to meet the band. It’s truly astonishing.”
He added, “As much as they enjoy their fame, I think they’re still a little taken back by it all.
“They’ll talk about it sometimes, usually when we’re surrounded by a sea of screaming girls.
“Harry will say, ‘We’re as big as The Beatles’ and then Niall will pipe up, ‘No we’re bigger than The Beatles.’
“But seriously they’re down to earth lads. I think the guys are still overwhelmed by the attention but they certainly do enjoy it…
“I don’t think anyone thought in their wildest dreams they’d be as big as they are [and] sometimes they just want to do the things everyone else does.
“We were staying in this lovely hotel in Kent during a photoshoot but all the boys wanted to do was camp.
“So we found a campsite, set up tents and built a campfire. They loved it…
“They’re not diva-ish at all. All they want before a concert is a bag of sweets and a Pepsi.
“They won’t say, ‘I want green grapes with no seeds that look like bananas.’
“They’re all pretty chilled.”
Here’s a reminder of the lads’ time in the States earlier this year…