One Direction fans have been going into panic mode since Monday, when the news broke that the boyband were planning to go on a year long hiatus starting next March. But while the band had initially stayed quiet on the reports, three members have now taken to twitter to try and assure fans this is not the end.

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‘Ok so Lots of rumours going round. We are not splitting up, but we will be taking a well earned break at some point next year,’ Niall Horan wrote on twitter. ‘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,’ the 21 year old added.

Horan was followed by Louis Tomlinson who tweeted fans, ‘Your support is truly indescribable! It's just a break :) we're not going anywhere!! Promise. Don’t Worry’.

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Liam Payne then joined in early on Tuesday morning, telling fans on twitter he was ‘so glad’ everything had been cleared up. ‘Ur support with it is amazing not that we could ever expect anything less your amazing,’ Payne tweeted.

‘Can't wait to put more time into everything we do and coming out with something great. Thank you so much for everything you have done for us it's been the most amazing five years and there's so much more to come,’ he added.

So far the only band member not to comment on the ‘hiatus’ is Harry Styles. News of the band's temporary break was first reported by The Sun on Sunday night, when they wrote that the band would go on hiatus for a year from March 2016 and would not be touring in support of their forthcoming fifth album.

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A source told the 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 source added.