Nothing lasts forever, not even boy bands. On Sunday, girls everywhere screamed in agony as their favorite teenage idols reportedly announced their breakup. One Direction is no more, or at least, they’ll be no more as of March 2016. This is a bizarre tactic — to announce one’s breakup months in advance — but 1D is preparing to call it a day after they finish promotional duties for their next album.
The members’ contracts provided options to continue, but these boys have had enough. For one thing, the members — Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, and Liam Payne — are no longer boys. Not to mention the blow dealt by the recent departure of Zayn Malik, which left a void in the hair-gel quota.
The Sun threw down the news, which should be considered reliable since the paper generally nabs all the 1D interviews:
A 1D source told The Sun: “The guys have been together for five years, which is an incredible run for any boyband. 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. It is definitely not a split and they fully intend to get back together at some time in the future.”
There is not to be a tour for the band’s fifth album and the shock news could mean their last full concert will be at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena on October 31.
The celeb rag favorite by all publicists, People, also confirmed the news. As one would expect, Twitter is not taking the news well, and conspiracy theories and denial are in plentiful supply: