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One Direction to ‘take a break,’ focus on solo careers

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In a move likely to devastate millions of teenage girls, British boy band "One Direction" is splitting up, according to a U.K. tabloid newspaper.

The pop group, made up of Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan, are set to part ways to focus on solo careers from March 2016, The Sun reported.

"The guys have been together for five years, which is an incredible run for any boy band. 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 percent behind the decision. It is definitely not a split and they fully intend to get back together at some time in the future," a 1D source told the tabloid.

There will be no tour of the band's fifth album, which could mean their last concert will be at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, North England, on October 31.

One Direction will take a break over the festive period and then get back together to finish their promotional commitments, according to The Sun.

The boys denied they were going to split up earlier this year after Zayn Malik left the band to pursue a solo career. The Sun's source said the plan to take a break would have happened irrespective of Malik's departure.

"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," the source said.

Hollywood has a "lot of interest" in Styles, while Tomlinson is "very much in contention" to be a judge on television show "X Factor" next year, according to the source.

The Sun suggested that Payne would work on his songwriting, producing and DJ skills rather than pursue a solo career.

Click here for the full story in The Sun.