One Direction members tell fans that boy band’s split won’t be permanent

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One Direction on the American Music Awards on Nov. 23, 2014. Kevin Winter / Getty Images

LONDON – Members of One Direction have confirmed the band is taking a break, but are reassuring worried fans that it won’t be permanent.

Niall Horan tweeted that “we are not splitting up,” while Louis Tomlinson posted “it’s just a break … Promise.” Liam Payne tweeted Tuesday that “there’s so much more to come.”

The Sun newspaper reported Monday that the four band members will go their separate ways for at least a year after finishing a tour this autumn and promoting their fifth album.

One Direction formed in 2010 after five teenagers – Horan, Tomlinson, Payne, Harry Styles and Zayn Malik – auditioned individually for British TV talent show The X Factor. Entertainment mogul Simon Cowell put them together as a boy band.

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Malik quit the chart-topping group earlier this year.