It will all be over for the One Direction boys in seven months as reports claim they will take time out for solo projects

One Direction‘s Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan & Liam Payne will part ways following the release of their fifth studio album later this year. Yes, we’re shocked too!

Last night a 1D source told The Sun newspaper, ‘The guys have been together for five years, which is an incredible run for any boyband.

‘They fully deserve to have at least a year to work on their own projects. There is absolutely no bad blood between them and they are all 100 per cent behind the decision.

It is definitely not a split and they fully intend to get back together at some time in the future.

But for now it is the end and they go out on top as the world’s most popular music act.’

The news comes just weeks after the award-winning four-piece celebrated five years since being put together on the 2010 series of The X Factor.

This comes as a heartbreaking blow to One Direction fans who are still recovering from the shock news that Zayn Malik left the band in March. One year later, if reports are to be believed, fans will be left heartbroken once again.

As the news broke fans reacted in disbelief and with tearful emojis:

https://twitter.com/emsreale/status/635552820553498624

To be fair, we think Alice (above) may have a point here – we’d love to see Harry and Ed selling china tea cups in a charity shop!

There has been those reaching out to the fans who could be finding this news tough to take:

https://twitter.com/TheRosie/status/635552768258871296

Yes, Rosie, we hear you – but it’s still a bitter pill to swallow as this fan pointed out:

But some fans were looking on the bright side:

https://twitter.com/sophyjaaane/status/635554146242969600

We wish the boys all the luck in the world!

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Lydia Southern