The rumor started after Labrinth told The Mirror about the collaboration, saying: "I'm going to do something with Zayn. We're going to make a soulful record 100 percent. He's got a soulful voice. We're good, we're cool."
The Daily Star took the ball and ran with it, writing, "Fans are fearing Zayn – who is engaged to Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards – could be about to leave the band after it emerged he's going to work on new material with Labrinth as a separate side project."
A rep for One Direction told Gossip Cop, "Fact is, he's not going solo." They would not, however, give details about Zayn's project with Labrinth.