Harry Styles admitted in a new interview with Cameron Crowe that he was the first person to suggest the boys of One Direction take a break. He also suggested plans of One Direction one day reuniting in the future.
I didn’t want to exhaust our fan base,” Styles told Crowe. “If you’re shortsighted, you can think, ‘Let’s just keep touring,’ but we all thought too much of the group than to let that happen. You realise you’re exhausted and you don’t want to drain people’s belief in you.”
One Direction took an official hiatus in August 2015, just five months after Zayn Malik had left the band in March of that year. Malik, in an interview with The Fader that same year, said of One Direction, “That’s not music that I would listen to.”
When asked about those comments, Styles said, “I think it’s a shame he felt that way, but I never wish anything but luck to anyone doing what they love. If you’re not enjoying something and need to do something else, you absolutely should do that.”
Styles also discussed his solo career and what spurned him into going this direction. “I wanted to step up,” he told Rolling Stone. “There were songs I wanted to write and record, and not just have it be ‘Here’s a demo I wrote.’ Every decision I’ve made since I was 16 was made in a democracy. I felt like it was time to make a decision about the future… and maybe I shouldn’t rely on others.”
Though Styles did mention that the One Direction era isn’t over forever. He told Rolling Stone that door isn’t yet closed.
“I love the band, and would never rule out anything in the future,” Styles said. “The band changed my life, gave me everything.”