Louis Walsh tips Niall Horan for solo success after shock news of One Direction split
Music manager Louis Walsh is certain that the boyband's hiatus will not be the end of Niall Horan's career.
The 'boyband guru' told The Irish Daily Star that Niall has the ability and talent to remain popular as a solo act.
One Direction announced yesterday that they were "taking an extended break" in 2016 and will not tour their fifth album.
"I think Niall will get a record deal and he will be very successful," Mayo man Louis divulged.
"I think he will surprise everybody."
Mullingar native Niall (21) took to Twitter to thank fans for their support and confirm rumours of a hiatus, but insisted that it is not the end of the international chart toppers.
Writing to his 23 million Twitter followers, he said: "Ok so lots of rumours going round. We are not splitting up, but we will be taking a well earned break at some point next year.
"Don't worry though, we still have lots we want to achieve! Can't wait for you to hear all the new music we have for you and to perform some new songs as the tour continues. Love you all."
The band, comprised of remaining members Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson have been together for five years since they were formed by talent bosses on The X Factor.
Despite Zayn Malik leaving the band earlier this year, sources insist there is "no bad blood" and the popstars will get back together at some stage for a new album.