Could Louis Tomlinson be the next member of One Direction to leave the band?
At this point, any answer to that question is just speculation, but the dominos may be poised to fall after the departure of Zayn Malik.
Louis seems to have a plum fallback if he did decide to ever leave the band. Tomlinson is angling to be a band manager à la Simon Cowell.
Tomlinson reportedly started his own company called 78 Productions. As part of this enterprise, he has taken former "X Factor" contestant Jack Walton under his wing.
A source told The Mirror,
Louis is also looking to represent a female pop band as he is heading up Sony's Be in the Band 2015 competition, wherein Sony and Syco Entertainment will search for members for a new manufactured girl group.
Another anonymous source told The Sun,
While this doesn't confirm Louis is planning to leave the band any time soon, it is potent rumor mill fuel. That's why I'm writing about it, and that's why you're reading it.