Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, and Niall Horan captured our hearts (along with defector Zayn Malik) as a boy band, and they insist they will be back one day. But with rumors of a One Direction breakup still flowing thick and fast, many are now wondering how the fit foursome will shape their solo careers.
What will we see? Here we focus on rumored bickerers Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson.
Harry Styles: Starring in films, working with Justin Timberlake’s producer
Even back in 2014, Crushable was predicting that Harry Styles would be the next Justin Timberlake. The mag cited everything from their dating choices to their hairstyles.
“They both got their start on TV shows…Their hairstyles are iconic. (Luckily Harry’s doesn’t look like noodles.)…They both dated virginal pop stars — Britney Spears and Taylor Swift.”
There’s even more — both Justin and Harry surprised everyone when they went off and pursued film careers.
It is rumored that Harry and his managers want to model his solo career on Justin Timberlake’s. Harry is even working with Justin’s producer, Max Martin.
What does this tell us about Harry’s vision?
Interestingly, Justin has become a lot more low-key since his N*Sync days. He is not seen on tabloid covers nearly as often, despite his romance with well-known actress Jessica Biel, but he has become more serious and respected. These days, Timberlake pops up in the media only occasionally when he is promoting his well-thought-out film and music projects. It’s a far cry from the days when Justin was splashed across every tabloid cover (often alongside Britney Spears, sometimes in widely-derided matching outfits) and releasing cartloads of singles aimed at the shrill, vocal teen market.
Is Harry Styles hoping to move in the same direction?
This would have both good and bad aspects. On the plus side, Harry would have more creative fulfillment and more peace and quiet.
On the negative side, there would be less Harry Styles news and fewer pictures of the photogenic hunk splashed across the Daily Mail.
With a bit of luck, freedom-loving Harry will take a leaf from the Leonardo DiCaprio acting book and remain a swinging bachelor well into his 40s. That way, even if he moves to more serious projects, his romances with actresses and models will keep handsome Hollywood Harry in the press for decades to come!
Harry is currently getting into character for his role in Dunkirk. Just today, he was spotted entering what is believed to be the boot camp ship, and fans loved the way thoughtful Harry shook hands with all the members of the crew.
Harry will probably learn a lot about seamanship and sailing on board and may even learn to tie some knots.
We can’t wait to see shirtless Harry pulling ropes, turning mighty steering wheels, raising masts, heaving against the wind, and working his fit body alongside all the other men he is going to bond with on the Dunkirk ship.
Louis Tomlinson: Forming girl bands and appearing on judging panels
While Louis has not actually said he wants to model his career on Simon Cowell’s, the Doncaster hunk seems to be sticking close to his boss and good friend, and the two are said to be concocting all sorts of innovative projects, according to the Daily Mail.
“We want to find four or five girls who play instruments… who are pretty cool… nothing like that really exists right now.”
Louis’ grandad Len has stated that One Direction will reunite at some point, “even if it’s just to make a lot of money,” but for now, Louis seems happy to focus on A&R and has even convinced Simon Cowell to give him his own label.
Regarding A&R, Simon Cowell once said that Louis Tomlinson was “always going to be good at that.”
Simon also said that Louis will be a great judging panel member on talent shows. This is because the sassy Doncaster lad will “not be afraid to tell someone if they’re terrible!”
This week, Louis Tomlinson was spotted filming his stint as a judge on America’s Got Talent. It remains to be seen if Louis lets the sass flow freely when he judged the contestants. So far, people have only reported that Louis said very nice things!
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