One Direction fans devastated as Louis Walsh says they won't reunite for ten years
The "hiatus" One Direction went on in January will turn into a long-term break, says X Factor judge Louis Walsh.
Walsh, who managed boy bands Westlife and Boyzone before joining Simon Cowell as a judge on the ITV talent show, told The Telegraph that One Direction would not be returning to the stage any time soon.
Speaking about the boy band, who were created by Cowell during the X Factor in 2010, Walsh said, "they were the best things to come out of the X factor financially".
Walsh stressed that One Direction's time was at an end, saying that with regards to their reunion, "it's not going to happen, nope. No, definitely not."
He added: "It's over, they had their run, all over. It's done and it was an amazing career."
When asked if One Direction would get back together in a year – it's rumoured that the group will reunite in mid-2017 – Walsh said: "No, maybe in 10 years".
Walsh also spoke about what happens after Cowell creates a musical success story: "Simon’s made so many people millionaires, but not everybody’s loyal to him.
"We create monsters in the music business – they only become famous because they’ve been on the show and we got you those songs. They’re lucky f-----s, but some get a sense of entitlement and believe the hype. Too many artists appear to forget where they came from."
Asked if that was what happened with One Direction, Walsh said: "Some of them believed the hype and then everyone around them – publicists, agents, managers – were afraid to tell them because they were making so much money out of them."
On 22 July, two of the remaining four members of the original five-piece celebrated the band's sixth anniversary by thanking their fans. Harry Style and Louis Tomlinson posted messages and videos to mark the occasion, although Liam Payne and Niall Horan did not comment. Zayn Malik, who left the band in March 2015, also didn't remark upon the date.