One Direction not splitting up, says Horan
BRITISH-IRISH boy band One Direction are 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 were to separate for at least a year, leaving their 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 boy band, 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," he added. "Don't worry."
A spokesman for the band had declined to comment on the report in The Sun, which followed speculation the band might break up after popular 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 boy-band 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."
The band are due to release their fifth album before Christmas, and fulfil promotional commitments by the end of February, according to the report in The Sun.
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.