One Direction Reportedly Taking Extended Hiatus in March 2016

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There are a lot of ups and downs for the fans of most bands, but for One Direction's legion of devoted followers, this year has been a roller coaster.

Just days after 1D released the new music video for their single "Drag Me Down," it's reported that the band is taking a long break
beginning March 2016.

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According to People, the boys are going to be taking an "extended hiatus," and there's no word on just how long that break might last.

Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Harry Styles have reportedly agreed to go their separate ways for a while in order to venture out to pursue solo endeavors.

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The band's fifth studio album is set to be released later this year, and the boys are expected to promote the record until February, however it looks like a tour for the fifth album likely won't be happening.

The break could be a good opportunity for Louis, whose expecting a baby with Briana Jungwirth in early 2016.

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The news of the split may hit Directioners pretty hard, but it's not exactly unexpected. Fans have been concerned about a split ever since former bandmate Zayn Malik quit the band back in march. Zayn recently signed a solo deal of his own with RCA records.

For more on Zayn's departure, and the beginning of 1D's transformative year, check out the video below.

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