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Update (January 9, 2014):

One Direction member Liam Payne is putting fans’ minds to rest that he and the rest of the band are on the outs.

“Lots of articles saying we are clashing ... no ones clashing we are just having a bit of Family time after hitting the road for 3 years,” he tweeted January 8 and which fellow 1Der Niall Horan retweeted.

Oh good! We’re glad to hear it, guys!

Original story (December 27, 2013):

As anyone who’s been on the wrong side of a relationship knows, “taking a break” can mean something much more than it sounds. So yeah, we’re just a little bit worried to hear our favorite floppy-haired boy banders are taking an extended hiatus from the life of the rich, powerful, and Simon Cowell-directed.

The upsetting news comes from UK tabloid The Sun so we might be getting a bit worked up about nothing but a rumor. Still, a source tells The Sun (via Disney Dreaming) that the accented quintet is “dead on their feet” after a whirlwind year.

We get that; 2013 saw the boys debut a 3D movie extravaganza, release a new album, and inspire a world popular breakup song among other things. “They’ve completed a huge world tour and done endless promo in between,” adds The Sun source. “They approached management to work out a deal [for a break].”

As a result, the boys are reportedly taking the next three months off before they begin gearing up for their world tour. Perhaps the long break will give the boys time to focus on romance, with Zayn Malik set to wed girlfriend and fellow pop star Perrie Edwards and Harry Styles causing khaos in Calabasas.

What do you make of the break? Think it’s much deserved or that trouble’s brewing between the lads? Share your thoughts and conspiracies in the comments below.

Sources: Liam Payne on TwitterDisney Dreaming


Elisabeth Kramer is an Assistant Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident Downton Abbey expert. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!