One Direction is expected to go on hiatus for a year, starting in March 2016, in order to allow the members of the boy band to pursue solo careers.
A source close to the UK's Sun newspaper said,
"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."
The group has performances planned for the next few months, with the current tour scheduled to end in Sheffield, England, in October. The band has no plans to tour in support of its fifth album.
According to the source, this split was not caused by the departure of member Zayn Malik, who left the group earlier this year.