'Obviously when Zayn left it was because there were problems' - former Westlife star Markus Feehily on 1D split news
Former Westlife singer Markus Feehily has speculated that the rumoured One Direction split is due to problems within the band.
The boy band has been togehter for five years since they formed on The X Factor and The Sun reports that they are now set to part for a year to pursue solo projects.
A 1D source told The Sun: "The guys have been together for five years, which is an incredible run for any boyband.
"They fully deserve to have at least a year to work on their own projects. There is absolutely no bad blood between them and they are all 100 per cent behind the decision.
"It is definitely not a split and they fully intend to get back together at some time in the future," the source added.
Feehily, who launched a solo career following Westlife's split, was on Morning Ireland on RTE Radio 1 to discuss the news and said he thought that they may be sick of the workload.
“They’re part of a massive machine, there’s no doubt about that. There will be times a lot when they feel like products," he said.
“They’ll definitely be getting sick of it, the workload.
“The powers that be will want them to go to all these countries, they’ll be spread very thinly and they won’t be given much time for themselves."
He speculated that when Zayn Malik left the band in March it was due to problems within the band as well as his desire to lead a 'normal life'.
“A lot of the time it ends in tears," said Markus. " Obviously when Zayn left recently it wasn’t because he was loving life, it was because there was problems.”
After Zayn left the remaining four band members - Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Mullingar man Niall Horan - insisted they would stay together.
Four weeks ago, Zayn announced he had signed a solo deal.
Rumours of a One Direction split mounted when it was announced last month that Louis Tomlinson was about to become a father.