24/03/2016 17:44 GMT

One Direction Boss Simon Cowell Admits He Doesn't Know If The Group Have Split For Good

The music mogul has dropped a potentially devastating bombshell.

If you’re on the slightly more die-hard side of the One Direction fan spectrum, you might want to make sure you’re sitting comfortably, possibly with a glass of water and some smelling salts to hand. We’re afraid we have some bad news.


Remember when 1D announced they were going on hiatus, and they then spent months repeatedly telling anyone who’d listen that they definitely weren’t splitting up, and were just taking a break?

Well, it turns out that’s possibly not the case.

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1D at an event last year looking, frankly, like members of four different pop groups

Simon Cowell, who’s been the band’s boss since their days on ‘The X Factor’ six years ago, has admitted in a new interview he’s not sure the boys will ever get back together, despite their insistence their hiatus is not a permanent one.

Speaking to Billboard, Simon explained: “I don't know if it's a hiatus or a breakup, to be honest. In a weird way I don’t want to know.”

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Simon Cowell

Since the four remaining members of 1D temporarily (or not?) went their separate ways earlier this year, it has been reported that Harry Styles is due to start his own solo music career, having also recently been cast in his first acting role away from the band.

Louis Tomlinson, meanwhile, has been heavily tipped to be replacing Nick Grimshaw on ‘The X Factor’ this year, and Niall Horan has started his own sports management company.

That leaves Liam Payne, who is currently enjoying some time in the spotlight as the new man on Cheryl Fernandez-Versini’s arm, following her high-profile split from her French husband.

Zayn Malik is also about to drop his debut solo album, ‘Mind Of Mine’, exactly one year after announcing that he was stepping down as a member of 1D.

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