Belfast Telegraph

One Direction ‘inspired by the Stones’

One Direction are planning to follow in the footsteps of the Rolling Stones by sticking together while also working on solo projects, according to reports.

The band went from a five-piece to a four after Zayn Malik sensationally quit the group back in March.

But while Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan have been targeted by rumours that Zayn’s departure has prompted them to think about disbanding, sources say this couldn’t be farther from the truth.

In fact, the remaining four band members are said to be planning to take some tips from the Rolling Stones – focusing on their work together as well as their individual pursuits.

"The boys know that by sticking together they can still pursue everything they want to do as a foursome, as well as individually," a source told "And there's no reason why they can't have lifetime careers both as a group and working on their own solo projects – just like the Stones.

“The Stones are a huge inspiration for the whole group, and they are huge fans."

According to reports, Harry is hoping to make a name for himself as an actor while Louis has founded his own record label.

In addition, the boys are also working on their fifth studio album – their first as a foursome.

"It's the best of all worlds. The band all have their own solo interests, whether it be music, art or acting, but they can stick together,” the source added. "Harry, Louis, Liam and Niall are all very loyal to each other and support each other's future together and on solo projects – music or otherwise… They are all incredibly loyal despite the multiple offers they get all the time.”

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