One Di­rec­tion will take break but ‘not split’

The China Post - - ARTS -

Bri­tish-Ir­ish boy­band One Di­rec­tion is to take a break next year, two mem­bers said on Mon­day, quickly re­as­sur­ing the group’s pas­sion­ate fan­base that they had no plans to split up.

The com­ments fol­lowed a re­port in Bri­tish news­pa­per The Sun cit­ing a “1D source” that the band was to sep­a­rate for at least a year, leav­ing the band’s enor­mous global teenage fol­low­ing dev­as­tated.

“Ok so lots of ru­mours go­ing round. We are not split­ting up, but we will be tak­ing a well earned break at some point next year,” Niall Ho­ran, a mem­ber of the four-piece boy­band, wrote to his 23 mil­lion fol­low­ers on Twit­ter.

“Don’t worry though, we still have lots we want to achieve!” the 21-year-old said.

Fel­low band mem­ber Louis Tom­lin­son, 23, wrote: “Your sup­port is truly in­de­scrib­able! It’s just a break :) we’re not go­ing any­where!!”

“Prom­ise,” Tom­lin­son added. “Don’t worry.”

A spokesman for the band had de­clined to com­ment on the re- port in The Sun, which fol­lowed spec­u­la­tion the band might break up af­ter pop­u­lar for­mer mem­ber Zayn Ma­lik, 22, quit due to stress in March.

Fans took to so­cial media to ex­press their shock, with Twit­ter user Lexie Noel post­ing that “I’ve never cried harder.”

Bat­tle- hard­ened fans of­fered ad­vice to those go­ing through their first boy­band split.

“It’s ok One Di­rec­tion fans, I went through this with Take That & Boy­zone,” wrote Twit­ter user @ Lis­forLia.

“You may feel like your heart is in a blender, but you can do this.”

No Tour Sched­uled

The band is due to re­lease its fifth al­bum be­fore Christ­mas, and ful­fill pro­mo­tional com­mit­ments by the end of Fe­bru­ary, the re­port in The Sun said.

There is no tour sched­uled for the new al­bum.

One Di­rec­tion’s last sched­uled con­certs are at the Sheffield Arena in north­ern Eng­land on Oct. 29, 30 and 31.

They are cur­rently tour­ing North Amer­ica and are due to per­form in Mil­wau­kee, Wis­con­sin on Tues­day.

Put to­gether for a Bri­tish tele­vi­sion singing con­test in 2010, Ho­ran, Tom­lin­son, Ma­lik, Liam Payne and Harry Styles swiftly de­vel­oped a gi­ant, fiercely loyal fol­low­ing of young girls world­wide.

The chart- top­pers have sold more than 50 mil­lion records around the globe.

Ma­lik has signed a new record­ing deal as a solo artist since quit­ting in March.

“I am leav­ing be­cause I want to be a nor­mal 22-year-old who is able to re­lax and have some pri­vate time out of the spotlight,” he said at the time.

The Sun­day Times news­pa­per’s Rich List 2015 reck­oned the band mem­bers were worth £25 mil­lion (US$39 mil­lion) each.

AP

One Di­rec­tion mem­bers, from left, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Ho­ran and Louis Tom­lin­son per­form on ABC’s “Good Morn­ing Amer­ica” at Rum­sey Play­field/ Sum­merS­tage in New York, Tues­day, Aug. 4.

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