The biggest boyband in the world is calling it quits.

One Direction Will Disband In March: Report

One Direction won’t launch a tour to support their upcoming album.

Millions of One Directioners around the world are up in arms after The Sun claims the boys are taking an extended hiatus after their current tour concludes to pursue solo projects.

“The guys have been together for five years, which is an incredible run for any boyband,” said a source. “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, but for now it is the end and they go out on top as the world’s most popular music act.”

That sounds like a split to us.

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It is thought they will embark on an aggressive promotional tour before disbanding, including television appearances, performances and interviews. Their last full concert will be at Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on October 31.

Their new record is rumored to drop later this year in time for Christmas.

The insider explained: “Simon Cowell and his team at Syco couldn’t be more excited about the album. They believe there are at least three smash hit songs and they’ve got the boys to stay together for a few weeks beyond the end of the year to make the album a huge success. But there was a meeting recently where it was agreed there would be no tour for the album. That was a big call because it means come March, Harry, Liam, Louis and Niall will be free agents for the first time in five years.”

The insider insists Zayn Malik’s departure has nothing to do with it, though it’s hard to deny that initiated the break. “This was the plan with or without Zayn. In fact, the band have been making amazing music and been incredibly happy without Zayn. Of course they would have preferred that he had stayed in the band, but they would have taken this extended hiatus even if he hadn’t left.”

Niall will pursue solo music, Liam wants to concentrate on writing/producing and Harry will release a solo record.

“All the boys have a massive amount of options available to them,” they continued. “It’s an exciting time because for the last five years they’ve always put the band first. Sony definitely want to secure a solo record from Harry. He has been building up to this moment for a long time and there is also a lot of interest in him from Hollywood, but they’re all going to be successful in their own right. They have the best contacts and a massive fanbase.”

The insider added: “Louis is very much in contention to be a judge on X Factor next year. It would be a real coup for the show to sign a member of the band and it’s definitely something he is interested in doing.

Fortunately, the guys are on good terms with one another, meaning a reunion down the road is very likely.

An editor for Billboard thinks otherwise, however.