Reports on Sunday claimed the boyband were splitting up to pursue solo projects.
The rumours were reported widely across broadcast and print media, leaving fans frustrated when no official update was released on Monday.
The four-piece group finally responded to the news that they will be taking a break in 2016. Niall Horan took to Twitter, reassuring fans the group were not disbanding but had decided not to tour to promote their fifth album.
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 (@NiallOfficial) August 24, 2015
Louis Tomlinson later posted the following message:
Your support is truly indescribable! It's just a break :) we're not going anywhere !!— Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) August 24, 2015
One Direction have been together for five years since being formed on ITV's X Factor. The group lost its fifth member earlier this year when Zayn Malik decided to quit.