One Direction Hiatus Turns Permanent? Harry Styles Is ‘Next Justin Timeberlake,’ Niall Horan Focuses On Songwriting

One Direction fans expecting for a solo album from Niall Horan may just have to wait a little longer. The X- Factor alum is reportedly focusing on songwriting as of the moment alongside Wayne Hector, who helped create several of One Direction, Nicki Minaj, and Westlife’s greatest hits.

Speaking to Britain’s Daily Star newspaper, via RTE ten, Hector shared that the music they are currently composing will not be for Horan’s solo album but instead will be offered to other artists.

“We are writing together but he wants to do it for other people not himself at the moment. We have no idea where it will end up,” he said.

Since One Direction took the unexpected hiatus in October of last year, Niall Horan has since put his music career on hold to focus on his other interests, particularly golf. Just recently, he set up a charity golf tournament with Justin Rose and started an agency called Modest Golf Management with legend Rory Mcllroy.

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Meanwhile, in an interview with Billboard, One Direction’s mentor, Simon Cowell, revealed that the hiatus may just end up being permanent.

“I don’t know if it’s a hiatus or a breakup, to be honest. In a weird way, I don’t want to know. I don’t think they’ve had enough time to experience what it’s like not being in the group to really answer that.”

One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson shared that Cowell has been very supportive when they talked to him about taking a short hiatus. He added that, contrary to early reports, he was not at all pressuring them to keep on going. Tomlinson shared that while most were unhappy with their decision and tried to sway them one way or another, Cowell had been nothing but understanding throughout the entire process.

On his end, Simon Cowell said that he trusts Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, and Liam Payne completely.

“They had achieved so much in a short period of time, and I didn’t want them to get jaded. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to trust people more, particularly artists. They’ll decide when they want to come back together.”

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While Cowell seemed hopeful that the boys of One Direction will eventually be back together, he did not deny reports claiming that Harry Styles have already started on his solo album. He shared that, in time, when Styles is ready, he will end up making the kind of records he has always wanted to make. The mentor added that the 22-year-old has always had a great taste in music, which will help him in the long run. Cowell, however, predicted that Styles will not rush into making an album soon.

“All the writers and producers want to work with him, understandably, but he probably won’t rush into it,” he said.

According to The Sun, the One Direction hiatus would last for at least a year or two. While 1D fans are hoping that Harry, Niall, Liam, and Louis will return as a group in less than a year, a source told the outlet that the boys are enjoying the solo route.

“The boys are not even on track to mention a comeback. All four are loving their own solo freedom.”

A source further told the outlet that Styles’ L.A. manager, Jeffrey Azamoff, is more than determined to turn him into the next Justin Timberlake. It was said that he already signed him up to do several projects after his first feature film, Dunkirk, which could keep him tied up for at least three years.

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