Liam Payne explained, "It's two ways...obviously it's something we've worked very hard on...When it leaks, it's kind of a little bit anti-climatic for us. At the same time, it's great because they love the stuff that's come out."
Louis Tomlinson added, "When we've got a plan together...we've got a kind of structure and a way we think it's going to be received best as a fan...when that's taken away from us, it is annoying." He added, "it is what it is."
Niall Horan noted, "It's so close to coming out. You could've waited another week or so and you could've had the real thing."
Harry Styles emphasized how, even with leaks, however, the fans are still buying the album, explaining, "We're very lucky that our fans seem to hear it, and then when it comes out, they buy it anyway because they want to support us."