One Direction fans are flooding Twitter with frantic posts about reports that their favourite band is to disband for "at least a year".
Directioners had their Sunday evenings ruined by reports that Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan are set to part ways for at least a year from March 2016, and focus on their solo careers.
A source told The Sun that after five years, the members "fully deserve to have at least a year to work on their own projects."
However, they stressed the break is "definitely not a split" and the band will return "at some time in the future.”
An official spokesman for the band told the Press Association: "We don't comment on speculation."
With the band's future apparently hanging in the balance, fans have taken to Twitter to vent their emotions.
1D: Crazy things Directioners say
1D: Crazy things Directioners say
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'I'm so jealous of everyone that meets One Direction. Then again if I met Harry I would hyperventilate, suffocate and die so...' - @m_a_g_z_i_e
2/20 One Direction
'If I ever received a tweet from anyone in One Direction I'd literally die on the spot and I want my obituary and tombstone to blame them.' - @aurosan
3/20 One Direction
'When I die, I want the One Direction 'Talk Dirty to Me' video displayed at my funeral, on a screen projected over my casket, playing non stop, thank you.' - @zaynlikespayne
4/20 One Direction
'I cannot speak I want to write the word 'love' everywhere and tell everyone I love One Direction more than anything ever.' - @sneezeharrys
5/20 One Direction
'I'm in the 'I'm gonna die alone with 8 cats and my posters of One Direction don't breath near me or I'll punch you' mood.' - @nouisteenagers
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'HARRY. YOU ARE NOT A GOD DAMN MAN WHORE. YOU ARE A CUPCAKE. JESUS.' - @daddyslittlelou
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When 1D were on the cover of GQ magazine: 'The GQ pictures make me want to stab myself in the uterus!' - @ziallsafari
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'I hope that I die before any of the boys in One Direction does cause I will not be able to even move if they go before I do.' - @pokeniall
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Another GQ response read: 'Holy. C**p. The boys on the cover of GQ magazine. Someone shoot me. Push me off a cliff. Stab me!' - @wafaastalks
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'Person: Why do you love One Direction? Me: Why do you breathe? Person: If I didn't I'd die. Me: Exactly.' - @idrugsharry
11/20 One Direction
'Don't hate on Louis you f**king a******s or I will shove bleach into your a******s and pull out your eyes with a spork.' - @fxkinlouis
12/20 One Direction
'When are you in public and a One Direction song comes on and your kidneys rupture and then you die.' - @harryhasbooty
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'If One Direction were falling off a cliff and I could only save one then I'd shoot myself so we could all die and meet in heaven' - @austinrahone
14/20 One Direction
''One Direction is goin' to be the next to break up'. If you don't shut up I will break your neck and pray for you to die.' - @bubblegumniall
15/20 One Direction
'My friend doesn't like One Direction and I told her that if she said something rude on Twitter she would die.' - @flashing1D
16/20 One Direction
'Do you ever feel like you want to scream and cry and laugh and smile and die because of One Direction. Because same.' - @chenloves1d
17/20 One Direction
'When Niall cuddles someone or something and his cheeks do the thing I die.' - @daintyiero
18/20 One Direction
'My parents always say 'They're gonna die down' and 'You'll grow out of them'. No f**k you I'm getting One Direction tattooed across my face.' - @calumshoran
19/20 One Direction
'Dear One Direction, you stole my heart but that's okay. I like my boys like I like my tea - hot and British with some Irish creme.' - @torii_rakusx
20/20 One Direction
'Imagine Niall barging into the church and saying 'I OBJECT' to your marriage because he loves you.' - @niamhabitat
the sun: "one direction is taking a break-" me: *eats 3 tubs of ice cream whilst listening to na na na*— tisa (@heblouhimaway) August 23, 2015
I have already started receiving One Direction condolence texts.— Charmaine Ager (@charmaineager) August 23, 2015
One Direction are gonna split up for a year to focus on solo projects? O>O— Isaac Blazquez (@PrivateFearless) August 23, 2015
I don't think I'm ready to accept the fact that one direction are going to be over— jayna (@_horanfeels) August 23, 2015
Have One Direction actually split up or? Cause im about to cry— Tarkan Basara (@_tarkanbasara) August 23, 2015
One direction to split I can't— Jake Burns (@_jakeburns) August 23, 2015
Others simply refused to believe the reports.
If everyone believes what they read then One Direction would of split up in 2011— NEV (@bandscumbag) August 23, 2015
I don't believe that article. I don't believe that article. I don't believe that article. #MTVHottest One Direction— LOUIS PLEASE FOLLOW (@LouisTandFOB) August 23, 2015
SOMEONE RELEASE A GOD DAMN OFFICIAL STATEMENT MY HEART CANT TAKE THESE CONSTANT RUMOURS ARE ONE DIRECTION SPLITTING OR ARENT THEY !?— Josh// (@cuthbertseyes_) August 23, 2015
Again I'm not believing anything until it comes out of One Direction mouths that its true #OneDirection— Leah (@hxrrytumblr) August 23, 2015
And in a confusing twist, others were happy that the band were apparently taking a well-earned break.
I think the One Direction boys deserve to have a break! They are ALL amazing and they won't disappear!— LucyAndLydia (@LucyAndLydia) August 23, 2015
ONE DIRECTION HAVING A BREAK WOULD BE GOOD THOUGH. PLEASE TAKE A BREAK, BOYS, BEFORE YOU BURN OUT.— charlotte (@BriBrysHat) August 23, 2015
Am I the only one who low key wants one direction to end BC I want them to sleep and recover from touring so much?— kissa (@mukebanter) August 23, 2015
Having formed in the 2010 series of the X Factor, the four-piece are said to have made around £25 million each in the five years they've been together as a band.
Directioners were already been rocked by the news that Zayn Malik was quitting the band in March, saying he wanted to live like a "normal" 22-year-old.Reuse content