“They’ve had an amazing run. I don’t know who’s going to be a [solo] star. If I was betting on anybody, I’d put my money on Harry [Styles], because he’s got the ambition. Ambition and work ethic, to me they’re as important as talent. The best singers in the world are backing singers, but they’re not stars.”
He said: “I’m so bored of One Direction, honest to god. I’ve had five years of One Direction - I wish they’d go off in a different direction!
"I don’t care now, I’ve had enough. I saw them on X Factor recently and they were just going through the motions. If that was Take That or Westlife, they’d really put on a show. They’re the luckiest guys in the world.”
Walsh stressed that One Direction’s time was at an end, saying that with regards to their reunion, “it’s not going to happen, nope. No, definitely not.”
“We create monsters in the music business – they only become famous because they’ve been on the show and we got you those songs. They’re lucky f—–s, but some get a sense of entitlement and believe the hype. Too many artists appear to forget where they came from.”
Asked if that was what happened with One Direction, Walsh said: “Some of them believed the hype and then everyone around them – publicists, agents, managers – were afraid to tell them because they were making so much money out of them."