Looks like Zayn Malik was ahead of the game.
British newspaper the Sun is reporting tonight that One Direction are headed for a long hiatus this coming March. The boy band’s remaining four members will then embark on solo careers (our money is on Harry Styles).
“The guys have been together for five years, which is an incredible run for any boy band,” a source allegedly tells the Sun. “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 per cent behind the decision.”
The Sun goes on to further quote its source, saying: “It is definitely not a split and they fully intend to get back together at some time in the future.”
One Direction’s massive On The Road Again world tour concludes Halloween night in Sheffield, England, and it appears the group will finish all contractual agreements before fully diving into separate solo projects. That includes a September 12 show at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
This news comes less than a year after former member Zayn Malik announced back in March he was leaving the band, first saying he needed time away from the spotlight and fame, but later admitting he was going solo.
Even Vice has gotten into the speculation game, and they think this is the end of the road:
The Sun’s source suggests that the fifth album will still be released but that the boys will not tour behind it, so that there is a fair chance the foursome’s Sheffield, England tour ender on Halloween night might be the last time anyone sees One Direction perform for the foreseeable future. What will Niall, Liam, Harry and Louis do next? Hiatuses happen all the time, but killing the tour behind a new album before it’s even released makes this break sound less temporary and more… final.
We’ll always have Gillette, New England. More to come, for suuuuuuuuuuuuuuure.