The idea of Harry Styles being the next member to leave One Direction continues to gain traction.
The latest thumping that drum is Lance Bass, the former *NSYNC member who spoke about Styles' departure as fait accompli during an appearance Thursday (April 23) on "The Meredith Viera Show."
Bass said that "Harry Styles been ready to go solo for many months. In fact, he's been recording solo and was about to leave. The Zayn (Malik) thing was just spur of the moment but I think the best move he could have ever done because everyone knows Harry. Harry Styles was a household name, my grandmother knows Harry Styles. Zayn Malik, didn't really know the name until he was the first to leave the group. Kudos to him to being smart to leave."
Bass, who knows a thing or two about boy bands breaking up, added that, "I think the guys are always going to be friends. They're brothers. They were put in a situation that they didn't know they were going to be in. They were put together on a television show. That they lasted this long as a group is a surprise to me. Hopefully, the other four can go on and do some more music. I just see Harry leaving soon and I don't see another One Direction album happening after he does."
One Direction begins a European tour on June 5 in Cardiff, Wales, returning to North America starting July 9 in San Diego.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.