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Tuesday 24 October 2017

One Direction fans anguish over rumours of band split

One Direction fans have gone into meltdown with speculation that the band could split up after their world tour.

They took to social media sites to express their distress that the five chart-toppers could call it a day once their Where We Are tour draws to a close.

Their fears were sparked by news that 1D band members Harry Styles and Niall Horan have both set up companies with Irish accountant Alan McEvoy.

Horan set up Treaty Media with the assistance of the Limerick accountant, while Styles has a new company called HAS Publishing Ltd.

A savvy move by the two stars, the new firms will help them benefit from Ireland's generous corporate tax rate.

X Factor judge Louis Walsh recommended the Irish accountant to the two lads after he helped Girls Aloud with their financial affairs.

"Every act needs a good accountant and I got Alan McEvoy for Girls Aloud about 13 years ago because he's the best," he said.

Their fellow band members Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik are expected to follow suit as they all look to secure their future earnings.

In a clear sign that he's starting to pursue interests outside the group, Tomlinson recently bought Doncaster Rovers Football Club.

The four other lads have also got their fingers in lots of pies as their profile continues to grow.

A leading bookmaker even suspended betting on the chances of the boyband splitting up, claiming they've been hit by a "betting frenzy."

Ladies favourite Styles was the 2-1 favourite to be the first member to leave.

However, a spokesperson for the band moved to allay fears that the curtain could be coming down on the band.

"The singers' finances are of course private but each of them are setting up their own companies," he said. "They all write separately for One Direction as well as together."

Last Sunday saw the band perform the final date in their European tour in Portugal. They'll now enjoy a well-deserved break.

The next concert for the boys is August 1 in Toronto, Canada before they move to the US throughout August and September.

mfinn@herald.ie

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