The boys expanded on their break in an interview with The Sunday Times in England, too, with Payne downplaying the hiatus:
"It's just a break. It's not a split. We're not going anywhere. In five years we've done four tours, five albums, we've done films. I've not even watched our films, because we are always running for the next thing. I'm really conscious that all this crazy stuff has happened to us and, you know, I haven't even taken it in. We can't ever answer questions properly because stuff hasn't sunk in. I want to just sit still and let it sink in. We just want a little break. I don't know if anyone's noticed, but Katy Perry hasn't done anything for a year…"
Horan then added:
"Basically, this is where we are at with 1D. We've had five years of craziness. Now we all need to go away, become mad old recluses, then come back again with giant beards. That's the plan."
A well deserved bit of time off sounds reasonable — maybe even with the beards! LOLz!!
Say what you will about 1D, here's to all of the guys having solid careers during the temporary hiatus — hopefully we will see much more of the group again very soon!!!