X Factor judge Louis Walsh thinks that One Direction members Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Zayn Malik are monsters who are spoiled by early success, fame and money. He added that only Harry Styles is likely to succeed as a soloist.
The 64-year-old music mogul predicted the popular boy band’s downfall, while speaking to Mail on Sunday’s Event magazine.
“Too much money, too much success, too quickly,” he said. “Simon created monsters and that was it. They all think they’re going to be solo stars. They’re not. Only Harry. That’s it.”
He added, “Then they’ll be sorry they broke up and it’ll be too late because there’s another boy band. That always happens in boy bands.”
It goes without saying that the remarks would surely displease Walsh’s co-star Simon Cowell, who mentored the boy band that went on to become the biggest pop group of the time. However, Walsh’s comments have a strong background to hold on to as well. After both Westlife and Boyzone collapsed, it was only the lead singers that gained recognition as solo artists, the Mirror reported.
According to a report by the OK! Magazine, One Direction is on an extended hiatus and could be back sooner than the fans can imagine. The members of the group that came third in X Factor back in 2010 are currently focusing on solo projects.
Niall Horan, who recently released his debut single “This Town,” hinted that band could return in the near future.
“For now we are doing our own thing,” he said. “We can’t put a date on it but it won’t be in 50 years. It’s in the foreseeable future.”
He added, “We’ve talked about it, but for now we’ll just play it by ear and see what happens.”
However, Horan’s debut single failed to top the charts. It is also not Horan alone who hinted One Direction’s return. Harry Styles recently spoke to Another Man magazine of the possibility of a reunion in the future.