UPDATE: "All pure speculation and not based on any facts," their rep told Billboard. "The band are excited about their brand new fifth album and their upcoming tour."
The Sun claims One Direction could be allowed to take some time off next year.
The latest clickbait "1D breaking up!" article for this week has surfaced.
Anyone else getting flashbacks to when the media used "Britney pregnant with baby #30!" for any article written about her?
Anyway, this time The Sun says One Direction will take their first proper hiatus in 2016, since their forming on The X Factor in 2010.
Of course, it's standard for music acts to take time off, and no one deserves it more than 1D, but apparently if you're a boy band, even after five years of massive unprecedented global success, a break isn't just a break.
A music insider said: “The reality is that once a boyband takes a break, it’s often the beginning of the end. They’re adults now and have their own interests."
In contrast, One Direction's frequent songwriting collaborator Jamie Scott recently explained in an interview that the band has discussed longevity and long term plans for themselves with him:
“With Backstreet Boys and Take That you saw the end coming. With 1D, if the music keeps reinventing they won’t break up. We discussed that. As long as the music is not dying and they’re crossing over to older fans, there is no reason to break up and they want to go on and keep the ride going. They love co-writing as they don’t all play instruments...they have such cohesiveness as a four-piece.”
Harry, Louis, Niall and Liam confirmed in May on US television that they love all aspects of their job (as opposed to Zayn, who didn't) and want to keep touring/making music together.
The Sun has continued to run the "Harry going solo?" narrative into the ground, too, even though Styles has never once expressed a desire to do so (as opposed to Zayn, who constantly did).
“Niall, Louis and Liam would want to get back together after the break but the big question mark is over Harry, who has lots of options.”
Again, Jamie Scott's previous interview clashes with these unsourced claims:
“Harry is not the boss. I would say that they don’t have a boss. If they did they wouldn’t be together now because that boss wouldn’t survive. They each have their roles."
These solo rumors for Harry seemed to take off after he co-wrote a few tracks with All About That Bass singer Meghan Trainor last year. The view that a band cannot creatively branch out (or take a break, even) without risking the group stability is the kind of doom and gloom mentality that probably pressures bands to the point of feeling trapped and breaking up/leaving in the first place. Let them breathe!
While 1D should definitely not tour the world again so soon after their current one finishes in October (six tours in six years is ridiculous), an extended break in 2016 makes no sense after just dropping a new album, particularly since it'll serve as a reintroduction of sorts, with the "new" quartet lineup.
Which, by the way, sounds fantastic, as a recent exclusive performance for Coca Cola showed:
The Mirror and The Daily Mail were quick to report that a spokesperson for 1D has already quashed the rumor:
And last night a spokesman for the boys held out a ray of hope for Directioners everywhere. Last night he dismissed the claims, saying it was "all pure speculation and not based on any facts". He said: "The band are excited about their brand new fifth album and their upcoming tour."
Eagle-eyed fans have noticed 1D appear to be shopping around for new management, with band members spotted liaising with powerful music industry figures such as Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun. It would certainly make sense to keep the band's post-2015 status ambiguous if this is the case.
Whatever's happening in the future, tonight One Direction are performing in Cardiff, Wales, and will take the stage alongside acts such as Fifth Harmony at the Capital FM Summertime Ball on Saturday. Good luck guys!