One Direction to SPLIT: Boyband decide 'to take extended hiatus of at least a year to focus on solo projects' after crunch talks
One Direction are splitting up... at least for a year.
The boyband - comprised of Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson - have reportedly decided to take at least a year out to focus on solo projects and will not tour their upcoming fifth album.
A source told The Sun newspaper's Dan Wootton: 'The guys have been together for five years, which is an incredible run for any boyband.
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Split... but not forever: One Direction are reportedly set to take an extended break beginning in March next year in which they will all focus on solo projects
'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.'
According to the paper, the group - who were formed on the UK X Factor in 2010 and have gone on to conquer the world - made the decision during crunch talks in London last weekend and their final show will be at Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on October 31.
The Sun reports that they have some work commitments in February and will take their break in March.
Different directions: Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles are set to go their separate ways next year
New release: The band only released the video for Drag Me Down on Friday and two days later the split was revealed
A representative for One Direction had no comment when contacted by MailOnline.
The source added to The Sun that Zayn Malik's shock departure in March was not a factor in the split and it would have happened with or without him.
Indeed the news should not come as a shock as just a few weeks ago, Liam insisted the group were desperately in need of some time out.
Not Zayn's fault: Zayn Malik quit (centre) quit the group in March but sources say the split would have happened anyway
He hinted that the hard-working band were planning to take some time off following the release of their fifth studio album later this year.
Speaking during an interview with Free radio , Liam, 21, explained: 'You know, I think everyone needs a little bit of a break now, and a sit down and a stop, to kind of take in all the great things that've happened.'
The Steal My Girl hitmaker - who is dating his childhood friend Sophia Smith - also admitted that he wants to write music for other artists and spend some time back at home.
Five years: The group have been together for five years since being put together by Simon Cowell on The X Factor
Story of their lives: A timeline of One Direction
Asked what he wants to do during their time off, he said: 'There's loads of things. I've been writing a lot on the road at the moment, not for me, just for other people.
'I've been doing a lot of things, you know trying to get into the producing side of it which is pretty cool.'
According to The Sun he is also interested in launching a DJ career.
How it all began: One Direction found fame on the UK X Factor in 2010 when Simon Cowell put the five solo singers together to form a boyband
All the way to the final: The group quickly bonded and won over fans and the judges alike to make it all the way to the final
Success: The group came third in X Factor but went on to take over the world with their music
Popstars! The group celebrated the launch of their debut single What Makes You Beautiful in September 2011
And the other three members are all set to become successful in their own right too.
Harry, 21, has been tipped for solo stardom and The Sun reports that Sony are keen to make him an offer.
However, Harry could turn his back on music for a career in Hollywood and hotshot producer Harvey Weinstein is keen to turn him into a star.
Speaking about Harry to MailOnline, Harvey enthused: 'He's like Errol Flynn, he's got that swashbuckling charm. Definite star potential. I think he'd be great. No question.'
Making waves: In 2012 the group made their way to America where they were invited to perform during Z100's Jingle Ball 2012,
What's next for One Direction as Harry, Niall, Louis and Liam go in different directions?
Harvey also revealed that he had already offered Harry a role in one of his movies but the singer had to turn it down due to One Direction commitments.
Harvey offered the One Direction heartthrob a role in his movie Tulip Fever, featuring a star-studded cast including Judi Dench, Christoph Waltz and Zach Galifianakis, but Styles had to turn it down due to touring commitments.
The role was later taken by Glee star Matthew Morrison and Harvey revealed exclusively to MailOnline that the very first scene he shot was a love scene with Styles' alleged former fling Cara Delevingne.
Weinstein told MailOnline: 'I offered Harry a role in Tulip Fever but he was touring so he had to turn it down.
'The part ended up going to Matthew Morrison and let me tell you this, the very first scene he shot was one of him kissing Cara Delevingne.'
He jokingly added: 'So I'm sure Harry won't be turning be down the next role I offer him.'
Louis, 23, has plenty going on in his personal life and is set to become a dad in the near future following a fling with his friend Briana Jungwirth.
And it was reported earlier this year that he had taken on a role with Sony.
According to reports Louis is lending a hand to the record label's 'Be in the Band' search, which aims to find talented female musicians to form a girl group.
He is believed to have accepted the offer straight away as he has a 'vision' of following in the footsteps of music mogul Simon Cowell.
A source told The Sun newspaper at the time: 'Louis has his business head screwed on and is busy making plans for the future. He's rated very highly at Sony and they knew he'd be great to get on board.
'Louis accepted their offer straight away. He has visions of being a music boss in the future and has a good eye for new talent.
'There are even industry rumours he'll end up as an X Factor judge at some point down the line.'
And Niall, 21, is also reportedly interested in launching a solo career, recently writing with pop pal Justin Bieber.
Obviously, the die-hard One Direction fans have been left devastated over the boys' reported split, after a year that has also seen Zayn leave the group.
On Sunday night, as the news broke, fans took to Twitter in their thousands to vent their sadness and frustration over the news.
Shock: Some Directioners couldn't process the news while even celebs were quick to voice their opinions
'WE NEED OUR OWN SHOW CALLED "KEEPING UP WITH THE DIRECTIONERS" BC WE GO THROUGH MORE DRAMA THAN KARDASHIANS TBH,' one fan Twitter account posted.
'I come online on twitter and the first thing I see is rumours about 1d splitting up. DOES THE DRAMA EVER END?!?!?!,' read another tweet.
Others pointed to the timing of the rumoured split, which if true, would come exactly one year after Zayn quit the band this Spring.
@fondlwt predicted: 'zayn leaves March 2016: 1D take a break March 2017: An apocalypse breaks out.'
@HoranFarmPotato was equally devastated: 'Zayn left 1D in March, The sun claims that they are breaking up in March. WTF MY BIRTHDAY IS IN MARCH CAN I AT LEAST LIVE FOR ONCE????' read their tweet.
Support: While many fans were distraught, older pop followers tried to offer some words of comfort
Even celebs seemed shocked by the news with Professor Green quipping: 'so there wasn't only one direction after all,' while Radio 1 DJ Greg James was worried he'd be called back to work over the pop emergency.
He tweeted: 'You know when something big happens and David Cameron comes back from holiday...is it the same for R1 DJs if 1D split up? If so...annoyed,' he joked.
Older music fans offered Directioners support as they reminisced about previous boyband splits, with @RhianS tweeting:
'I remember when Robbie left Take That and then they split the year after....I feel your pain Directioners #historyrepeating #1Dsplit.'
Many fans were simply inconsolable though. 'it's the end of an era i can't remember a day of this last 5 years that i havent listened to a song or watched a video by 1D,' tweeted one.
While others were convinced that this isn't the end, and as the rumours suggest, the band will simply be taking a break before reuniting.
One die-hard fan pointed out: '1D is The Rolling Stones of this era, they will not end this, there will be a few breaks like ANY OTHER ARTISTS.'
What drama? While fans were going into meltdown, Niall Horan posted a picture of himself playing golf
Busy: The band (pictured in December 2014 with Zayn) have spent much of the past few years touring
Devastated: Fans took to Twitter in their droves to reveal their devastation at the news
Directioners in meltdown: Devastated 1D fans react to the news that their favourite boyband is splitting for at least a year
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