Harry Styles has reportedly signed a solo recording contract with Columbia Records, the same label that represents One Direction.
There have been rumours of the 22-year-old beginning a solo career since Zayn Malik left the group in March last year.
The first hints of the singer breaking out as a solo artist came last year when four songs performed and written by Styles were registered with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
He is also filming a new movie, Dunkirk, a World War II drama by Christopher Nolan.
Earlier this year, a source said that One Direction was not headed for a permanent split and that “their break remains a hiatus with the intention of reuniting at some point.”
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– Written by Rekha Kulen