One Direction Harry Styles seems to be following the lead of former bandmate Zayn Malik. He is reportedly taking a new and different direction, away from the band that started it all.
As the 1D heartthrob turned 22 today, he also officially split from his longtime management team, Modest Management. Styles has signed contracts with CAA music manager Jeffrey Azoff, the son of industry power player Irving Azoff, in Los Angeles.
Modest executives Richard Griffiths and Harry Magee confirmed the move.
In a statement posted by Billboard, Griffiths and Magee said: “We wish Harry the very best. It has been a real pleasure working with him, Harry is a total gentleman, and we know our good friend Jeffrey Azoff will look after him.”
According to The Sun newspaper, Styles’ new team is working on launching the artist’s first solo career around this time next year. However, it is still uncertain if they will retain Simon Cowell’s Syco Music as his UK label, though sources told the tabloid that “he wants to completely disassociate with [One Direction] and that includes any professional connection.”
A source told Billboard that “nothing has changed” with regard the hiatus plan of the band and that “all will be revealed in due time from the band members’ own mouths.” So, it seems that #RIPOneDirection on social media is unnecessary at the moment.
Even Malik said he’s open to a reunion.
“Who knows?…I don’t know. If the time was right and that was the thing to do, then I would make that decision when it came around,” he told Culture magazine.
Malik left the group earlier last year. He recently released a solo video.
Meanwhile, Styles quoted former girlfriend Taylor Swift in a post on Twitter in time for his 22nd birthday.
The pair called it quits early in 2013.