Terrified that their zillion-dollar$$ cash cow – One Direction heartthrob HARRY STYLES – was suddenly headed in the WRONG direction, his frantic Brit management team panicked when they heard horrifying news: Swooning Styles was secretly prepping to pop the question to Kardashian klan kutie KENDALL JENNER!
Said a 1D insider: “Harry had confided to fellow band mate ZAYN MALIK that he’s madly in love with Kendall – and wants to marry her. Zayn, who’s newly engaged to singer PERRIE EDWARDS, lent a sympathetic ear, but then let the news slip – and Harry’s big-money backers went BERSERK, knowing that young girls worldwide would hate the image of their sexy idol wrapped tightly – and permanently – in Kendall’s arms!”
Envisioning the nightmare of the band’s popularity plummeting, two management execs boarded the next plane to LA, caught up with Harry – and laid down the law!
“If you get engaged,” they warned him, “it will not only affect YOUR popularity, but the band will take a huge hit. It’s not just about the disappointment of all the teenage girls around the world, but the multimillions that could be lost from record, touring and merchandising sales.”
When their smitten singer fired back that Zayn got engaged and the sky hadn’t fallen, Harry’s handlers pointed out that while Zayn’s a key member of the band – he’s no Harry!
Said the source: “After that very stern lecture, harried Harry opted for bucks over a bride…at least until the band’s upcoming world tour is over.”