WHEN ROBBIE WILLIAMS was at the height of his TAKE THAT fame he was after approval from BritPop stars OASIS and BLUR.
Rob’s modern-day boyband equivalent is going through the same desire. HARRY STYLES has been racking up his rock credentials by writing songs with SNOW PATROL frontman GARY LIGHTBODY.
Their collaboration comes after Harry got together with indie group BURNING BEACHES’ singer SAM McCARTHY to record a duet. And he’s also been to London’s New Kings Road Vintage Guitar Emporium to ogle their pricey axes.
But ONE DIRECTION fans don’t need to worry. Band bosses insist the swordsman is not secretly planning to go solo.
Gary said: “We wrote with Harry. It was a lot of fun. He’s a real dude actually. We’ve no idea if those songs will make it yet, though.
“It’s a long process. It’s great to work with other people — it’s good to flex the muscle.”
Harry’s previous recording effort with Sam sent 1D fans into a meltdown, with droves of girls posting panicky messages online that the band were set to split.
But a group insider last night put any going solo fears to bed.
He said: “One Direction always work solo with writers and are doing the same for the new album.
“It saves time, which is so precious for a band under their pressures. The tracks Harry worked on with Gary are 100 per cent for the new One Direction album — and not a solo album.”
Harry has been exploring other avenues to ramp up his rock image. He’s covered himself in tattoos and become part of KATE MOSS’s party group. And Kate’s not the only model Harry has been knocking around with. He’s become so close to ex CARA DELEVINGNE that he will take a private jet to her 21st birthday tear-up in Ibiza next month.
But despite his graft to become part of the wild rock set, Harry is likely to stay with bandmates NIALL, ZAYN, LIAM and LOUIS for a while yet.
It was revealed on these pages how the lads have signed a binding three-year contract that means they will ALL lose out on millions if just one of them walks away before it is completed.
Call centre bosses can hold off setting up a Take That-style break-up helpline for distraught 1D fans until 2015 at least.
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