A month earlier, the group came together one last time before the hiatus on the singing competition show that launched their careers: The X Factor UK. Tomlinson, 24, later hopped on social media to thank fans for their support, making note that this wasn't the last we've be seeing of 1D.
"Well that was an emotional night !! Never can we thank you enough for how special you have made the last five years for us!" he wrote. "I hope you realize what we have all done together really is incredible. You guys have made us what we are today! We'll be back soon enough!"
I hope you realise what we have all done together really is incredible. You guys have made us what we are today! We'll be back soon enough!
The news came five months after their original fifth member, 23-year-old Zayn Malik, announced his departure from the group.
ET caught up with 1D in November, where they set the record straight on the first round of rumors surrounding their status as a band.
"I think it's important for us to take the break and have it as a break," Styles, 21, explained. "Obviously it would be naive of us to think that people aren't going to read into that in a ton of different ways, but we're just gonna take a little break next year."
"We've been, of course, incredibly fortunate to travel a lot of the world, and I think one of the cool things about that is we haven't necessarily spent a lot of time in each place," he continued. "You see places you want to go back to, and think 'I want to come back here for two weeks instead of two days and experience some more of it.' So I'm sure there will be a bunch of traveling."
After touring every year since gaining fame on The X Factor UK in 2010, we can't blame them for wanting to take some very much needed time off.
"We're not breaking up," Horan added, putting breakup rumors to rest at the time. "We're literally taking time out to see our friends and see our family and reflect on what we've done over the last few years."
Hear more from the exclusive interview in the video below.