One Direction fans have reacted to tabloid reports that the band will go separate ways next year.
The Sun reported over the weekend that the boy band will disband this March after holding crunch talks in London earlier in the month.
The report claimed that the four members of the boy band – Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan – have mutually agreed to an extended hiatus to focus on solo projects. If true, the group’s last concert before the break will likely be at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on October 31.
A source reportedly close to the band told The Sun: “The guys have been together for five years, which is an incredible run for any boyband. They fully deserve to have at least a year to work on their own projects. There is absolutely no bad blood between them and they are all 100 per cent behind the decision.”
The source was, however, keen to stress that the hiatus was “definitely not a split” and that the band “fully intend to get back together at some time in the future. But for now it is the end and they go out on top as the world’s most popular music act”.
Many One Direction fans have been left heartbroken, with one writing on Twitter: “I’m crying, help, one direction can’t be splitting up, please lord”.
Others, however, have been more understanding of the members’ reported wishes: “Yes, I am upset that One Direction is disbanding. But it’s been 5 years non stop, they need a break.”
Meanwhile, fans of other pop groups who previously split have offered their support. “If you’re sad about One Direction’s 2016 breakup, just know that when I was your age, one day NSYNC just stopped making music,” one tweet read.
The report comes just five months after Zayn Malik departed the group, stating that he wishes to be “a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight”. He has since unveiled plans for a solo career. Zayn’s exit was followed by the first official press shot of the band as a four-piece (top of the page), with body language experts claiming that the picture shows signs of disunity in the group.
Last month saw the surprise release of the One Direction’s new single, ‘Drag Me Down‘. Their fifth album is due out this Christmas but the group have reportedly decided not to tour in promotion of the record.
One Direction have sold more than 50 million records worldwide and boast more than 91 number ones across the globe.