The devoted fans of former boybands have rallied around in support of One Direction fans, who are dealing with reports that the band are to “take a break for at least a year”.
Directioners have been faced with reports that Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan are to focus on their solo careers from March 2016.
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."
As the news spread online, fans of defunct groups including Take That, Westlife and NSync reassured One Direction fans that - if the reports are true - they too will be able to deal with the heartbreak of a boyband break-up.
The reports came in what has already been a rocky year for 1D after Zayn Malik quite in March, saying he wanted to live like a “normal” 22-year-old.
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.
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