The biggest split in British history occurred today, which will ultimately have seismic reverberations around the world — Harry Styles is going his own way, and has signed a solo deal with Columbia Records!
The news comes via Billboard after One Direction have been officially on a "break" for over a year. Of course, he is the second Directioner after heartthrob Zayn Malik left the group to pursue his (rather successful) solo career last year.
Terms of the deal are not yet known, but we can assume a solo album is in the works. It's also unknown if any of his 1D bandmates will follow Harry and Zayn into the solo void.
Having said this, Styles will have to put his solo career on the back burner for a while, as he is currently filming the Christopher Nolan World War II epic, Dunkirk.
So, what can we expect from Harry's first single? Will be seeing...
Cheeky, fun-loving bubblegum pop Harry Styles?
Brooding, moody alt-rock Harry Styles?
Sexy, grubby folk hero Harry Styles?
Ultimately it is unknown what the first single will sound like, but if his pal Zayn is anything to go by, it's likely to be a huge hit.