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One Direction want to follow Take That -- and have a 10-year break

THEY'RE the most successful boy band on the planet but One Direction have already admitted that they want to take a 10-year break.

But before any teen hearts break at the prospect of a premature break-up, the pop hunks will not be splitting anytime soon.

Rather Mullingar native Niall Horan (19) was setting out how he sees the future of the globally superstars panning out.

"We want to be like Take That or Gary Barlow -- take 10 years out and then come back," he said.

Take That were the ultimate 90s boy band whose hit singles included Want You Back, Everything Changes and Relight My Fire.

The band split in 1996, a year after Robbie Williams quit the band for a solo career.

Fans were left devastated, but were thrilled when they reformed in 2005 and Niall says he'd love to follow in their footsteps.

But 1D fans needn't worry; the boys aren't parting ways anytime soon.

Niall was speaking on the day One Direction's new single Little Things, got its first UK airplay.

And it seems that Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry and Louis are going down a new Indie route.

The single is an acoustic love song and was penned by singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran.

Niall said the minute they heard the song they knew they wanted to do it.

"We heard the song and said 'yeah, that's a cracker, we want it'."

And it looks like the boys have another hit on their hands, Little Things already has over 2.5 million hits on YouTube with one fan commenting "Little Things is definitely going to be my wedding song."

Last night Niall tweeted that he was delighted with the reaction from fans. "Guys! Delighted! Your reaction to Little Things is unbelievable."

The band have also announced a tour commencing in February. The boys will play the O2 Dublin and the Odyssey Arena in Belfast in March.