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Lance Bass: 'Harry Styles has been ready to go solo for many months'

Lance Bass believes Harry Styles nearly quit One Direction before Zayn Malik.

The latter left the group in March in an effort to live a more normal life.

However, former N' Sync man Bass told Meredith Vieira's US talk show on Thursday (April 23) that he thinks Styles was ready to jump ship first.

He said: "I host my own talk show every day, and you get some inside scoops - Harry Styles has been ready to go solo for many months. He's been recording solo and he was about to leave. The Zayn thing was just spur of the moment."

Bass added: "I think it was the best move he could have ever done, because Harry Styles is a household name. Zayn Malik - didn't really know his name until he was the first who left the group. So kudos to him for being smart to leave.

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Watch Harry Styles being interviewed below: