Former NSync singer Lance Bass has revealed that Harry Styles was "about to leave" One Direction adding that the star "has been ready to go solo for many months."

Speaking on The Meredith Vieira Show, Bass said of Styles, "Harry Styles has been ready to go solo for many months, in fact he's been recording solo, he was about to leave.

"The Zayn thing was just spur of the moment, but I think the best move he could have ever done. Because Harry Styles is a household name - my grandmother knows who Harry Styles is - but Zayn Malik, [you] didn't really know the name until he was the first to leave the group. So kudos to him for being smart to leave."

Bass continued to discuss the future of the boyband, "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, I mean, they were put together on a television show.

"So that they lasted this long as a group is a surprise to me, but hopefully the other four can go on and maybe do a little more music, but I see Harry leaving soon and I don't see another One Direction album happening after he leaves."