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Is there another solo artist in the works from the 1D camp?

First Zayn Malik departs. Then One Direction goes on hiatus. Then Harry Styles gets a solo deal. Now Liam Payne has announced that he also has a solo record contract with Capitol Records’ U.K. division. Things are not looking good, Directioners…

Payne made the announcement on Twitter today (July 21, 2016), writing, “Happy to have signed to @CapitolUK,” he wrote. “They have an amazing history of artists, I hope I can follow in their footsteps.”

As you would expect, the news drove some 1D fans into a tizzy, demanding to know if they had been lied to when the group said they’d get back together one day.

Payne attempted to comfort his fans with another post: “One direction will always be my home and family but I’m very excited to see what this chapter brings.”

What do you think? Excited for solo tunes from the crooner or fearing the end of 1D?