Directioners are worried following the confirmation that the band will take some time off starting March 2016. The remaining members of One Direction haven’t talked about the length of their hiatus, but according to songwriter Julian Bunetta and former X Factor judge Louis Walsh, the break might last for more than a year.
Julian, who penned various hits for the boys like “Story of My Life” and “Best Song Ever,” believes that Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, and Liam Payne all deserve a break. He talked about the boys’ dedication to their craft in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
“I know they’re taking a much-deserved break. They’ve been doing something that no band has ever done — five albums, five tours, and a movie in five years. It’s pretty prolific and incredible. It’s up to them. They might take a year off and miss it. They might take a year off and say you know what, I need another year off.”
BBC reports that, since 2010, the One Direction crooners have played 325 gigs, which entailed “at least 650 flights and bus journeys plus more for promotional work.”
Former X Factor judge Louis Walsh thinks that nothing is wrong with One Direction’s decision because even bands like Westlife and Take That temporarily bowed out from the industry. The music mogul believes that while it’s not yet the end for One Direction, it will be “five or six years” before the boys reunite.
He also told Mirror that “touring constantly is exhausting and draining and you do get on each other’s nerves so it’s good to take time out.”
Another insider told E! Online that the break’s the only way to keep One Direction intact.
“Literally as soon as one commitment finishes, there seems to be another. It’s as if they always have to be somewhere. And while the boys love it, it’s a lot. It’s the healthiest way for the band to continue. They needed to slow things down and have some freedom.”
It can be recalled that Zayn Malik parted ways with One Direction last March because of the band’s grueling schedule. Despite the drama Directioners are facing, Niall assured fans that they wouldn’t disband.
Don't worry though, we still have lots we want to achieve ! Can't wait for you to hear all the new music we have for you and to perform— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) August 24, 2015
Louis, who’s about to become a father next year, also gave fans something to be hopeful for.
Your support is truly indescribable! It's just a break :) we're not going anywhere !!— Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) August 24, 2015
Liam, on the other hand, feels pleased that One Direction’s rumoured disbanding was already clarified.
So glad everything has been cleared up today and ur support with it is amazing not that we could ever expect anything less your amazing— Liam (@Real_Liam_Payne) August 25, 2015
One Direction reportedly had a meeting with stakeholders in London last weekend and opted not to have a tour for their upcoming fifth album. One Direction’s last concert is believed to be on October 31 at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena.
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