One Direction member Liam Payne announced Thursday that he has signed a solo record deal, prompting fans to freak out over the growing possibility that the band, which is currently on hiatus, may never reunite.
Payne announced Thursday that he had signed to Capitol Records, the home to Payne’s fellow music legends the Beatles. “Happy to have signed to @CapitolUK,” Payne wrote. “They have an amazing history of artists, I hope I can follow in their footsteps.”
— Liam (@Real_Liam_Payne) July 21, 2016
Payne’s solo deal follows the departure of Zayn Malik from the group last year. And in June, fellow One Direction member Harry Styles signed his own solo deal with Columbia Records. While the band members have attempted to reassure fans that they will reunite following their hiatus, given recent events, One Direction followers were skeptical on Thursday.
But fans quickly lit up Twitter with fears that Payne’s footsteps could be leading away from One Direction. Within hours of his announcement, #OneDirectionIsOverParty shot to the top of Twitter trends, and it was a sad party indeed.
— bri (@brifinz) July 21, 2016
I want to be happy for Liam but I don't want the happiest years of my life to be over.. I'm so torn :)))))))))))) #OneDirectionIsOverParty
— One Direction (@1DWorldTalk) July 21, 2016
im not going to say i wasted 5 years of my life bc let me tell you those 5 years were the best years of my life #OneDirectionIsOverParty
— sierra (@wwapoc) July 21, 2016
— c (@stadiumniaIl) July 21, 2016