One Direction--Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson--Officially On Hiatus

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One Direction is officially on hiatus. The boy band comprised of Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, and Louis Tomlinson bid a temporary farewell to their fans on Sunday night on The X-Factor UK.

It was on The X-Factor that One Direction got their start, so it was only fitting that this season's finale be where they said their goodbye.

The X-Factor UK was broadcast from London's Wembley Arena on Sunday, and fans were thrilled to hear One Direction perform songs from their latest album, including "History" and "Infinity."

It was while "History" was sung that a montage of the past five years of One Direction played on the screen behind them.

"We're sad that we're going away for a little while but we need it," Liam Payne told the audience when the song was over.

It was this past summer that One Direction announced their intentions to take a year off from performing and recording. They had initially said they wouldn't split up until March 2016. Clearly that plan changed.

Following Sunday night's performance, the One Direction mates recorded a special thank you video back stage. They posted it for their fans via Facebook.

A message from One Direction to all of you!

Posted by One Direction on Sunday, December 13, 2015

"This is just a massive, massive thank you to all of our fans," Liam said.

"Obviously you guys made all this happen for us and we can't believe the way you've supported us over these last five years and today's a very special day for us because this is like the last part of our first chapter," he added.

Liam also said Directioners (what One Direction fans are called) are "the most dedicated people I think we've ever seen in our lives."

Do you think this hiatus might represent the beginning of the end of One Direction? Zayn Malik left the group a few months back and has already embarked on a solo career. WIll the same happen with Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, and Liam Payne?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.