One Direction’s Harry Styles has written new songs with Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody, but fear not fans, he is not going solo.

Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody has revealed he teamed up the boyband star to write some new material – which is not for Harry’s solo career as fans feared, but for the new One Direction album.

A source close to the group clarified: “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.”

Speaking about working with Harry, Gary told The Sun: “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.”