A person familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak publicly told USA TODAY t’s no truth to claims that remaining members of the beloved boy band, who announced a hiatus in August, planned to make it permanent.
US Weekly reported on Wednesday that 1D was splitting up for good, leading to “Oh, no!”-type tweets for hours.
Billboard reported its sources said nothing had changed since the hiatus announcement, and that the band would comment soon.
A tweet from Niall Horan last week suggested no immediate changes.
The rumors swirled on Twitter for hours Wednesday, leaving some fans bereft and/or incredulous.
A similar teen-age breakdown followed the news in March that band member Zayn Malik was quitting, which the band actually announced at the time.
The band told their fans last summer they were taking an “Indefinite” rest following four tours, five albums and 133 million combined Twitter followers.
In August, the four remaining members announced that “We are not splitting up, but we will be taking a well-earned break” after releasing a new album, Made in the A.M., in November.