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50 Cent feels One Direction should back together as soon as possible Reuters

American rapper/actor 50 Cent reportedly feels One Direction's break came at the wrong time. The 41-year-old, whose real name is Curtis James Jackson III, thinks that Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan should reunite soon.

50 Cent told Britain's Daily Star newspaper: "I am coming at this with my business head on, but the One Direction guys took a break at the wrong time. My advice to them would be to reform as quickly as they can."

"They can reform in five or six years, but they are a phenomenon at the moment. They are never going to be as popular as they are now, this is the peak for them," he added. "As an artist, I understand that they want to go off and try their own thing, but they got to understand that not many people who leave a boyband go on to be Justin Timberlake (former NSYNC member).

"But now is the time where they can add another 30, 40, 50 million dollars to their net worth. And it would be a mistake not to take advantage of that," 50 Cent said.

Zayn Malik quit the boy band in March 2015. He released his first track, Pillowtalk, as a solo artist in January. Meanwhile, Styles will make his acting debut in Christopher Nolan's second world war drama, Dunkirk.