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One Direction's Liam Payne Signs a Solo Record Deal

Payne is the third 1D member to go solo, after Harry Styles left earlier this year and Zayn Malik quit the band in 2015



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    In this file photo, Liam Payne accepts the British Video award for One Direction at the BRIT Awards 2016 at The O2 Arena on February 24, 2016 in London, England.

    One Direction's Liam Payne announced Thursday that he's signed a solo deal with Capitol Records in the United Kingdom. 

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

    Of course, the news resulted in a mix of reactions on social media. While many fans congratulated the singer, others simply couldn't look past their hopes that One Direction will be back someday.

    For example, one fan questioned, "What about one direction .. I believed you guys when you said you were coming back but lately idk what to think (sic)." ‘Tonight': Filtered Scenes With Mila Kunis ‘Tonight': Filtered Scenes With Mila Kunis Host Jimmy Fallon and Mila Kunis improvise random scenes, like two people on a Tinder date, using different filters on an iPad. (Published Thursday, July 21, 2016)

    Another fan wrote, "WHAT THE H--L WHAT WHAT ABOUT THE BAND LIAM(sic)."

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    Liam did his best to calm their emotions by tweeting again. He wrote, "One direction will always be my home and family but I'm very excited to see what this chapter brings."

    It is important to note that he never said he's leaving 1D, which could mean he'll do both at some point in the future — if the band ever gets back together. (We've seen this happen with singers like Gwen Stefani and No Doubt, Beyoncé and Destiny's Child, etc.) Top Celeb Pics: ELLE Women in Hollywood AwardsTop Celeb Pics: ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards

    Still, the announcement doesn't make a 1D reconciliation look very likely, especially considering Harry Styles' recent news. Last month, E! News confirmed the singer signed a solo recording contract with Columbia Records, the same label behind the band. Terms of the deal and any news of a new album are unknown.

    Styles was the second 1D singer to go solo following Zayn Malik, who quit the band in 2015.

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