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Louis Walsh says One Direction are over for GOOD as Liam Payne announces solo record deal

Mirror logo Mirror 22/07/2016 Alistair McGeorge

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Louis Walsh has claimed One Direction are FINISHED as another star goes solo.

The Irish music mogul - who was on the X Factor panel when the group was put together by boss Simon Cowell - has given his thoughts on the future of the group, while Liam Payne has confirmed his first record deal since they went on hiatus.

According to MTV, Louis said on an Irish TV show: "Niall Horan was in the right place at the right time, he’s the luckiest guy in the world and he knows that.

"They made an awful lot of money but it’s over now for them and who’s going to have the solo career. I think Niall will do really well and Harry."

Meanwhile, Liam is the latest 1D star to launch a solo career after signing a deal with Capitol Records UK.

He said in a statement: "I'm really happy to have signed to such a prestigious label as Capitol Records UK.

"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."

After selling over 20 million albums as part of One Direction, Liam insisted the band and its fan base will "always" be family to him, but he's looking forward to branching out on his own.

"One Direction will always be my family; I'm now excited to show what I can do as a solo artist."

The star - who will head into the studio soon - will have all eyes on him ahead of his debut.

Nick Raphael, president of Capitol Records UK, added: "Capitol Records UK are incredibly excited to be working with Liam.

© Provided by Mirror "It's not often you get the chance to sign such a talented and ambitious 22 year old who has already conquered the world."

He follows the example of Zayn Malik - who released his debut solo album Mind of Mine in March - and Harry Styles , who reportedly signed a deal with Colombia Records amid filming for Dunkirk.

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