You've probably heard many things about One Direction's hiatus happenings.
It's hard to say what's going on exactly, but movement is afoot. While this breaking news could very well be another unconfirmed fluff report, there's been a development that might push this tidbit into "Oh shit, it's happening" territory.
As it stands, One Direction are still a group. They have not gone back on their promise to return next year and, in July, all four commemorated their recent six year anniversary as a band on social media.
However, they are branching out. While Harry Styles just wrapped filming his small role in Christopher Nolan's 2017 film Dunkirk, Liam Payne signed a solo deal with Capitol Records on July 21.
Now, multiple reports have surfaced in the past 24 hours suggesting the band's Irish member, Niall Horan, has signed on the dotted line to move to Universal Music (aka far away from the clutches of Simon Cowell):
"[Simon] made a number of big money offers to try and persuade Niall to sign up but, in the end, Universal came in and put even more money on the table. They’re chuffed to have got one over on Cowell and have taken one of 1D." Universal are said to have pulled out all the stops and did whatever it took to get Niall signed to them."
Singer Shawn Mendes has kiiiinda inadvertently been confirming this solo venture throughout the year, talking in various interviews about setting up songwriting sessions with the 22-year-old Drag Me Down singer:
Several songwriters also snapchatted Niall showing off his piano playing talents in the recording studio last month:
And today, amidst these solo deal reports, Horan was spotted leaving Universal's headquarters, which might be as much confirmation as we get for the time being:
September 4th: Niall with Kim at Capitol Records headquarters in LA (3) pic.twitter.com/wFD2YTrf0Q
— Niall Horan News (@NJHNEWS) September 5, 2016
To recap: no one has officially left the band since Zayn back in March 2015, Liam's going solo with Capitol Records, Harry is rumoured to have signed an $80 million dollar deal with Columbia Records (aka 1D's US label) and Niall's probably signing with Universal Music. No word yet on Louis's plans, if any. Intriguingly enough, all of 1D have split with previous management team, Modest Management - except for Niall.
For a sample of what a solo Niall Horan record might sound like, he penned 1D's raunchy 2015 Made In The A.M bonus track Temporary Fix: