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Liam Payne Announces Solo Record Deal, Says One Direction Will 'Always Be My Home and Family'

by Antoinette Bueno 12:16 PM PDT, July 21, 2016
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Sorry One Direction fans -- looks like the British boy band has no plans to reunite anytime soon.

Liam Payne announced he has signed a solo record deal with Capitol Records UK on Thursday, tweeting about the big news.

"Happy to have signed to @CapitolUK," he wrote. "They have an amazing history of artists, I hope I can follow in their footsteps."

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Still, he made sure not to alienate One Direction fans. "One Direction will always be my home and family but I'm very excited to see what this chapter brings," he also tweeted.

Payne, 22, is just the latest One Direction member to go his own way after the band announced it was taking a break last August. Zayn Malik quit the group last March, and one year later, put out his first solo record, Mind of Mine. Last month, Harry Styles signed a solo recording contract with Columbia Records, according to multiple reports, which is the same label that currently represents the group.

In January, a source told ET that despite all the speculation that the band has officially called it quits, the foursome are not permanently splitting.

"There's no truth to this," the source said. "[Their break] remains a hiatus with the intention of reuniting at some point."

ET caught up with One Direction last November, when they themselves set the record straight surrounding their status as a band.

"We're not breaking up," Niall Horan said bluntly. "We're literally taking time out to see our friends and see our family and reflect on what we've done over the last few years."

"I think it's important for us to take the break and have it as a break," Styles added. "Obviously, it would be naive of us to think that people aren't going to read into that in a ton of different ways, but we're just gonna take a little break next year."

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Last September, Payne opened up about the possibility of a solo career in a candid interview with Attitude magazine.

"If the right song comes along and I think I should sing it, then I will release it as a solo artist," he mused. "If the other boys go solo I would love to write songs for them."

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