MEMBERS of boy band One Direction have announced that they will be splitting up in March 2016 for at least one year, so that the members can pursue personal solo projects.
Directioners – mainly female fans of the band – had only just come to terms with the loss of former member Zayn Malik five months ago and now they learn of the complete, although hopefully temporary, demise of their favourite group.
Their last concert is expected to be at the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield on October 31 2015 but fans can at least be comforted by the fact that their fifth album is due for release at Christmas.
One Direction has been something of a phenomenon as all of the members auditioned as solo artists in the 2010 series of X Factor. They were persuaded by judges – Simon Cowell claiming the idea and also signing them to his record label – to become a group and finished third in the final of the competition.
Unlike some British boy bands, One Direction – whose name is credited to Harry Styles – took off in the USA and has been incredibly successful there as well as in the UK and Europe.
The bookmaker Coral has reacted very quickly to news of the break up by offering odds of 1-3 that the group will reform by the end of 2017 although they are hedging their bets at 9-4 that they will not get back together again.
With millions of records and DVD sales and their own film, the members of the band can afford to take a break and many teenagers around the world look forward to the announcement that they will return one day.