Written by Zoë Holloway, July 22, 2016

Do you hear that? It’s the sound of millions of One Direction fans’ hearts breaking.

Following in former band mate Zayn Malik’s footsteps, Liam Payne has just announced that he’ll be pursuing a solo music career.

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The 22-year-old took to Twitter yesterday to announce that he’d signed a deal with Capitol Records. ‘Happy to have signed to @CapitolUK,’ he revealed.

He later released a statement, saying, ‘Capitol Records has an amazing history stretching right back before even Frank Sinatra and I’m really looking forward to becoming part of their story.’

However, the star was quick to add, ‘One Direction will always be my family; I’m now excited to show what I can do as a solo artist.’

So does this mark the end of One Direction? Many are still hopeful for a reunion, but with Harry Styles currently pursuing an acting career, Louis Tomlinson entering into fatherhood, Niall keeping a low profile and Liam going solo, it’s not looking likely.

#fbf sure is crazy

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