Wow!! Should we all have seen this coming all along?!
However, could they have been plotting the 22-year-old's sudden 1D exodus for a while??
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A source VERY close to the situation has told PerezHilton.com EXCLUSIVELY that the funk-tastic band has secretly been auditioning aspiring female leads for the group.
Since The Duchess has made it common knowledge that she plans to take the next few years to herself — for parenting and another solo album — the band agreed it was time to move on.
For the time being, however, the boys just simply cannot wait to make new music. They've gotta let their muses guide them, and they need/want a lucky new lady to fuse talents with.
No time-frame on when we can expect them to debut their new gal, but whoever she is — she's got BIG shoes to fill… good luck!!
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