One Direction Performs Last Show, Will Have ‘Extended Hiatus’ For One Year

UK boy band One Direction performed the last show of their On The Road Again tour in Sheffield on Saturday night.

The On The Road Again tour, which was composed of 80 shows in 20 countries, was One Direction’s fourth headlining concert tour in their five years in the business.

The show was attended by over 13,500 fans, who showed their support for the pop boy band whose first gig was held in a small nightclub in Scotland. The tour finale lasted for almost two hours.

Beginning on Feb. 7 in Australia, the tour featured the group’s fourth album, entitled Four. In July, the band announced their fifth album, Made in the AM, which will be released later this month.

Unfortunately, the final show in Sheffield is bittersweet for the UK boy group’s fans. According to some reports, this might be the last time the group will be seen together performing live.

After the tour, One Direction will reportedly have a one-year “extended hiatus” from performing together. While 1D will have occasional appearances in awards events and other music-related shows, the group will temporarily go their separate ways in March 2016.

This follows recent reports indicating that all of the boy band’s current members, Niall Horan, 22, Liam Payne, 22, Harry Styles, 21, and Louis Tomlinson, 23, are planning to pursue solo careers. The One Direction split rumor also came up after alleged feud rumors between Styles and Tomlinson surfaced.

The two were reportedly avoiding each other, and even refused to board a single private jet together.

However, the rumors were finally cleared after the two embraced during last Saturday’s final show at Sheffield.

In March, bandmate Zayn Malik, 22, asked for some time off because of exhaustion caused by the constant touring. However, a few days later, the band announced that he had left the group permanently, citing stress as the reason for his departure. Malik also said that he wanted to enjoy being out of the spotlight.

A few months later, Malik signed his own solo contract with RCA.

“I guess I never explained why I left, it was for this moment to be given the opportunity to show you who I really am!” he said in a Twitter post.

This move by the former 1D member may have been one of the reasons why Zayn was not mentioned even once during the Sheffield show.

While this may be a long shot, the same thing could happen in the reported “hiatus” of the group.

“We absolutely love this. We had a little sit-down before and we decided that we wanted a break,” said Tomlinson in an interview.

“We’ve had a very intense couple of years so we’re just going to have a little bit of breathing time and spend that with our families,” he added.

He also said that he doesn’t think anyone could keep the pace that One Direction had been going at since being formed by Simon Cowell at the UK X Factor in 2010.

Within just five years in the industry, the English-Irish pop boy band has already sold 65 million records worldwide, as well as 8.2 million tour tickets.

The band’s latest single, “Perfect,” recently hit the top of the iTunes chart in over 60 countries. One Direction will still appear and perform in some shows such as the BBC Music Awards and the American Music Awards.

In spite of the rumors surrounding the “extended hiatus,” band member Niall Horan shared on Twitter that the group will indeed return and they will just have “a long holiday.”

“Don’t let the papers or online stuff tell you we’re not coming back… We are,” Horan said.

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