Niall Horan is about to embark on a solo career, as One Direction will apparently go on a hiatus in 2016.
The boyband who found fame after competing on the X Factor five years ago, are getting prepared to focus on their own solo projects, as the band will go their separate ways early next year.
A source told The Sun, “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 percent behind this decision.”
The source went on to say, “It is definitely not a split and they are fully intended to get back together at some time in the future, but for now, it is the end and they must go out on top as the world’s most popular music act.”
Markus Feehily, formally of Westlife fame, has commented on the split, and thinks that there was an unrealistic pressure put on the boys, and that they’ve been worked too hard over the past number of years.
Speaking on Morning Ireland, Markus said, “They’re part of a massive machine, there’s no doubt about that. There will be a lot of times when they feel like products. They’ll definitely be getting sick of it, the workload.”
He continued, “The powers that be will want them to go to all these countries. They’ll be spread very thinly and they won’t be given much time for themselves.”
Markus thinks that problems began to surface in the group, a long time before Zayn left, and knows all too well about issues in a boyband.
“A lot of the time it ends in tears. Obviously when Zayn left recently it wasn’t because he was loving life, it was because there was problems,” he said.
Rumours have been circulating about their impending split since Zayn quit the group and it was announced that Louis Tomlinson is to become a father, however none of the band members have officially confirmed the reports.
Twitter has been bombarded with messages about the break-up, with some fans being more distraught than others…