One Direction members have broken the band’s silence over rumours about their future, vowing: “We are not splitting up.”
Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne told fans on Twitter the four-piece, also featuring Harry Styles, would just be taking a “break”.
It came after a report in The Sun that the pop stars are set to go their separate ways in March.
A source told the tabloid the band will not tour their fifth album and they will instead part company for a year because they want to focus on solo projects.
Reports about the X Factor creation’s longevity sparked a scramble for tickets to what fans feared may be One Direction’s final concert.
The pop stars are currently touring in the United States but the final leg of their On The Road Again tour is in the UK, culminating in three nights at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena on October 29, 30 and 31.
All three gigs at the 13,500 capacity venue sold-out weeks ago but, with the final Saturday performance looking like it will be fans’ last chance to see the singers in a major concert for the foreseeable future, informal ticket sales are expected to move into a frenzy.
Some auction sites and online exchanges are seeing tickets for the final gig priced at twice the face value, which ranged from £43.45 to £71.50.