One Direction publicist denies band 'taking a break' next year
Reports suggesting that One Direction will be 'taking a break' next year are "pure speculation", according to the band's publicist.
It has been a tough few months for the band since Zayn Malik announced his departure in March, leaving Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne to continue their current tour as a four-piece.
The Sun reported that a source had said, “The band are to go on a break after promoting the fifth album next year, possibly with a number of live tour dates around the world.
“Simon Cowell is supportive of what they need to do because he wants the band to stay together in some form for a very long time.
“They have been working non-stop for five years, sold millions of albums and become some of the biggest celebrities in the world. At some point they have to take time off to step back and consider what they want to do next.
“What’s almost certain is there will be no 1D music next year.”
However, the BBC report that the band's publicist has said, "The story is all pure speculation and not based on any facts.
"The band are due to record. They're excited about their brand new fifth album and their upcoming tour."
Since Zayn left the band claiming he wanted to enjoy life as a "normal 22 year old", One Direction fans have been concerned about who might leave next, or when the group might split.
However, the four remaining members have said they are committed to staying in One Direction.