According to a report from The Daily Star (via The Mirror), a source claimed: "Harry has recorded his album. He did most of it while the band were all on their holidays last year and he was in New York.
The insider added, "It was always the plan that he would launch a solo career first but then Zayn decided to quit. However, Harry is prepared to honor his commitments to the band and will see through the tour and the release of their fifth album."
One Direction's rep was quick to hop on that rumor before it took off, noting, "It's complete rubbish and fabrication. Harry isn't recording a solo album - he is [in] the studio recording for the new 1D album."