So, it’s the news Luxe Models have been dreading – the boys are splitting up. Heartbreakingly, One Direction – the biggest boy band in the world – are to go their separate ways in March for an indefinite break, to pursue solo careers.
Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan will go their separate ways, with 1D's publicists declining to comment on the reports, which first emerged on Sunday night (August 23).
The band met up in London at the weekend for a talk, following Zayn Malik’s recent decision to leave and the news that Louis is to become a father later this year.
They were formed in 2010 on the X Factor, going on to finish second in the show, and they’ve gone on to dominate world music in terms of popularity and their huge number of tour appearances.
A source for 1D cited the boyband's "incredible" five-year run since their formation on The X Factor in 2010, adding: "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% behind the decision.
"It is definitely not a split and they 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."
Nothing to do with Zayn
It’s believed that Zayn’s decision to leave has nothing to do with this decision, and the boys have been happy since he left.
"This was the plan with or without Zayn. In fact, the band have been making amazing music and been incredibly happy without Zayn," the insider claimed.
"Of course they would have preferred that he had stayed in the band, but they would have taken this extended hiatus even if he hadn't left."
Zayn caused an uproar on social media last week, having a Twitter spat with Calvin Harris and cancelling his planned house purchase with Perrie Edwards, one fourth of Little Mix.
For the time being at least, we can enjoy 1D until next year as they will continue to work until March. Their final tour is set to be on October 31 at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena in what will finish their sell-out UK tour.
We expect a Take That-style comeback in a few years, maybe even as a five-piece, but only time will tell whether any of them can make it solo. It’s believed that Sony are desperate to sign Harry up. Hopefully they will all fare slightly better than Zayn seems to be without the other members of the band…
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