After five years living in each other’s pockets, One Direction are reportedly set to go their separate ways next year after deciding they need a break.
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According to reports, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson will take some well-earned time off from each other after they finish touring their fifth album, due out in November.
The decision comes just two months after Zayn Malik quit the boy band.
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There is already speculation about what the boys will do during the break, but the decision could mean those rumours about Louis becoming an ‘X Factor’ judge will become a reality.
And does this mean we could be hearing solo material from Harry Styles in the not too distant future?
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“Simon Cowell is supportive of what they need to do because he wants the band to stay together in some form for a very long time.
“What’s almost certain is there will be no 1D music next year.”
During an interview on US radio yesterday, Harry wasn’t giving anything away about the band’s future.
“We’re all working hard towards the same thing right now,” he said. “I don’t think we’re thinking much past that.”
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But is this the beginning of the end for the fab four? One music industry insider thinks so.
"They’re adults now and have their own interests,” the source told the Sun.
Meanwhile, a rep for the band dismissed the claims that the band are taking a break as ‘speculation’.
“It's all pure speculation and not based on any facts,” they told The MailOnline.