The British singer has left the group’s management team for the company owned by industry veteran Irving Azoff’s son Jeffrey.
There’s one more sign that One Direction is taking a break for good. Harry Styles has split from the band’s management team, Modest Management, to sign with CAA’s Jeffrey Azoff for a solo career.
“We wish Harry the very best. It has been a real pleasure working with him,” Modest execs Richard Griffiths and Harry Magee said in a statement to Billboard on Monday, February 1. “Harry is a total gentleman, and we know our good friend Jeffrey Azoff will look after him. We look forward to sharing some great wine with them next time we are in L.A.”
Styles’ new team is preparing to launch his solo career early next year. Back in December, he registered four songs “Already Home”, “Coco”, “Endlessly” and “5378 Miles” to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). The tracks were co-written with Snow Patrol’s guitarist John McDaid and songwriter Gary Go.
According to The Sun, Styles wants to “completely disassociate with [One Direction] and that includes any professional connection.” If that were true, then Styles would also part ways with Simon Cowell’s Syco Music and his U.K. label.
There’s still a debate whether One Direction’s hiatus is permanent or temporary. Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson decided not to renew their contract after wrapping their tour in October. Zayn Malik has already left the group first and is in the middle of promoting his solo career.