One Direction, the global superstars whose five-year run of No. 1 albums, smash singles and public visibility made them one of the biggest bands on the planet, have reportedly split up for good, Us Weekly reports. MTV News is waiting for confirmation from the band.
A source close to the band apparently told the magazine that the band’s four members — Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson — chose “not to renew their recording contract” after their On The Road Again tour wrapped in October. “The 1D thing just ran its course,” the source reportedly said. “They’ll remain friends, but they are exhausted and want solo careers.”
Update 1/13 2 p.m. ET: A source told Billboard “nothing has changed regarding hiatus plans for the group, and all will be revealed in due time from the band members’ own mouths.”
In August 2015, the group members announced they would be taking a hiatus beginning in March, and most of the press cycle for the band’s fifth album, Made in the A.M., saw the four discuss their plans for the break. This latest report suggests that the hiatus will, in fact, become permanent.
“Liam is really interested in songwriting and production,” the source reportedly told the magazine, adding that Harry is “launching a career in acting and singing” — something his four ASCAP-registered song titles suggested in late December. Louis is expecting a baby, and Niall said he’s “looking forward to chilling for a while now.”
Fan reactions on Twitter ran the gamut from skepticism and disbelief to outright sadness.
Some sources say @onedirection split up. I don't believe it, I will wait for the end of the hiatus until the boys say they are quitting!
— Anne (@creafangirl) January 13, 2016
@onedirection u guys need to chill
— baby h (@hespoppin) January 13, 2016
LITERALLY IF YALL BREAK UP ILL BE SO SAD @onedirection
— Cooper (@xoxo_cooper) January 13, 2016
If @onedirection could go ahead & address these break up rumors that would be great cuz I have work to do & I can't focus on anything else..
— Kelsey Adams (@kels_rae) January 13, 2016
The media is doing this to get attention, they want us to believe that One Direction is going to break up. Don't believe a word they say.
— becca ✨ (@infusedmgc) January 13, 2016
I can't take one direction break up roomers seriously like they think Harry is gonna become an actor like HAVE YOU SEEN HIM ACT ITS TERRIBLE
— Caitlin (@does_liam_know) January 13, 2016
If one direction wanted to break up so badly why wouldn't they just tell us straight up?
— – (@80smcqueen) January 13, 2016
How the hell is one direction gonna break up whenever I just started to like them #thoughtsinecon
— Lauren Smith (@laurennashley13) January 13, 2016