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The worst has happened. For Directioners anyway… One Direction are set to disband in March, according to reports in The Sun.

Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson have reportedly decided to go their separate ways for at least a year to focus on solo projects.

 One Direction members, from left, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson(Charles Sykes/AP/PA)

The band are also reportedly not going to tour for their fifth album, a decision that apparently came after a meeting in London last weekend.

A 1D source told The Sun: “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% behind the decision.

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

The newspaper’s source said that Zayn Malik’s departure was not behind the decision.

One Direction found fame after coming third on The X Factor in 2010.