Liam Payne has become the latest member of One Direction to confirm that he is going solo after he signed Capitol Records UK.

The former boy band heartthrob has made it official and penned a major deal with the label and will start to work on his album immediately.

He said in a statement ”I’m really happy to have signed to such a prestigious label as Capitol Records UK. Capitol Records has an amazing history stretching right back before even Frank Sinatra, and I’m looking forward to becoming part of their story.”

Liam has insisted that One Direction will ”always” be family to him, but he is now looking to branching out on his own, commenting ”One Direction will always be my family; I’m now excited to show what I can do as a solo artist.”

He follows in the steps of Zayn Malik and Harry Styles, who have already gone solo.

Unfortunately for One Direction fans, it looks like the hiatus has become a break-up.

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