One Direction Are Going on Hiatus in 2016 to Pursue Their Own Projects

One Directioners, have faith. The boys are allegedly breaking up – but only for at least a year.

Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, and Niall Horan are supposedly going on break next March after they finish promoting their upcoming fifth album, which is expected to drop later this year. In lieu of going on tour, they will each be pursuing their own projects (insert “going in new directions” pun here), a source confirmed to People.

Likewise, a source told E! news, “They are taking a hiatus so they can work on individual projects for a while but they are not splitting up. They will remain together and plan to work together in the future.”

Another added, “They are great friends and fully support one another. They are very aware that they are able to work on their own stuff as well as remain together. This is an exciting time for them creatively and as a group.”

 

It’s been a rocky year for the boy band, with Zayn Malik leaving the band mid-tour to go solo and Tomlinson’s baby bombshell.

The break will coincide with the birth of Tomlinson’s baby (who he’s expecting with former fling and LA stylist Briana Jungwirth). Meanwhile, GossipCop reports that Horan “will look to record music,” and Styles “has been courted for some time by music and film producers alike for a solo record and movies, respectively.” We certainly wouldn’t mind seeing Styles up on the big screen, either.

Finally, Payne hinted at plans of pursuing his own interests in an interview with UK’s Radio 1 earlier this month. He spoke about his passion for songwriting:

I’m more interested in the writing side of things, if I’m honest. I like writing songs for different artists and crafting a song is a really beautiful thing to do. I sit down and do it with my girlfriend [Sophia Smith] sometimes and with a couple of lads that I know. I much prefer doing that sort of thing. I love being in the band. I don’t know if I could do it by myself now; it’s all too comfortable.

The foursome recently released their first single and music video off the new album, “Drag Me Down,” which has become the fastest selling single on iTunes and the most streamed song on Spotify.

A rep for the group has issued a “no comment currently” response to news outlets.