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Harry Styles has parted ways from One Direction's longtime management team, Modest Management, to sign a new pact with CAA's Jeffrey Azoff.

The move was confirmed by Modest in a statement given to Billboard on Monday (February 1), which was coincidentally Styles' 22nd birthday.

"We wish Harry the very best. It has been a real pleasure working with him," Modest executives Richard Griffiths and Harry Magee said in a statement. "Harry is a total gentleman, and we know our good friend Jeffrey Azoff will look after him. We look forward to sharing some great wine with them next time we are in L.A."

The new CAA agreement continues to perpetuate rumors that Styles is attempting to launch a solo career in the U.S. According to a report by The Sun, the singer's new team is working on launching his solo efforts "by around this time next year."

Despite speculations of a eventual disbandment, a source close to the band whispered to Billboard that "nothing has changed regarding the hiatus plans for the group, and all will be revealed in due time from the band members' own mouths."

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