Ok, they're going on an "extended hiatus" after March 2016 to pursue solo projects. In other words, "just reunion tours from here on out."
Rumors began circulating Sunday when the UK's Sun tabloid published a rumor (also known as a Sun article) that One Direction, as the newspaper had claimed several times before, would be breaking up in March. The source who talked to the Sun said, "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." Certainly, this would seem like good news for Louis Tomlinson, in any case, as he will be taking care of a newborn infant by next March.
This time, to the ear- and heart-rending disappointment of tween girls everywhere, the report turned out to be true. The UK-based pop sensation, now consisting of Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Liam Payne following the departure of Zayn Malik, confirmed the impending schism to E! Online and People magazine. As a source told E!, "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."
We'll bring you the best of Twitter's reaction tomorrow morning, but until then, enjoy the best of the times these British scamps have captivated the blogosphere's attention: