One Direction to split in 2016
It’s the moment every teenage music fan dreads – the breakup of their favourite group. And now to the ranks of the Beatles, Take That and Spice Girls another name can be added – One Direction. The band are set to break up in March, according to the reports, but as is often the case with the promise of lucrative reunion tours, it might not be a permanent split.
The teen idol sensations – Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan – are set to part company for a year because they want to focus on solo projects. A 1D source told the Sun: “The guys have been together for five years, which is an incredible run for any boy band. 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.”
There will be no tour for the band’s fifth album and the shock news could mean their last full concert – for now, at least – will be at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena on 31 October.
Millions of fans may still get the chance to see their heartthrobs as a string of TV spots and performances which are already pencilled in before the end of the year are still likely to go ahead.
The boys are to have a break over the festive period before getting back together to complete their promotional commitments for their record label in February, according to the Sun. An unnamed source who spoke to the tabloid said the plan had been on the cards “with or without” Zayn Malik, who left the group in March.
The source 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.”
It is believed the break and the decision not to tour were agreed in a meeting in London last weekend. It means they could each take their money-spinning careers on very different journeys in talks that could get under way within weeks.