One Direction have poured cold water on speculation that they will be releasing solo albums after the boyband take an “extended hiatus” from March 2016.
Speaking to Steve Wright on his BBC Radio 2 show, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Niall Horan, took it in turn to reply “No” when the DJ asked them, “Is everyone doing a solo album?”
In June this year, Styles’ representatives were forced to deny he was working on a solo album – but this is the first time the singer has denied it himself.
1D announced they would be taking a “break” in August and, earlier this week, while appearing on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge, Payne accidentally revealed that the hiatus could last as long as two years.
Asked by Wright how their ‘break’ will work, Tomlinson said, “I think we all just want some breathing space for now and the idea of that is pretty exciting, not to have any specific schedule or plans.”
“We just felt that we needed a bit of time out for ourselves and to see our families and stuff we’ve missed out on over the years when we’ve been doing the band,” Payne added.
The boys released their fifth album Made In The A.M today – and it is their first without former member Zayn Malik, who quit the band earlier this year and has since penned a solo deal with RCA Records.
Styles said the album is “definitely the album we feel most proud of”, but added: “It’s a nervous time any time you put any of yourself out there.”
Payne agreed, saying, “Leaving with this album, we’re leaving on a little bit of a high.”
The first thing the lads plan to do on their break is take a “lads holiday”, with Payne adding that they are already planning a new album for their return.
“We want to do some writing together when we’re off,” he said.