How Long Is One Direction's Hiatus? Liam Payne Just Gave A Surprising Answer

Oh, no, Directioners. This is not good. One Direction's hiatus was originally estimated to be about one year long, with the band potentially reuniting after 2016. In an interview with BBC 1 Radio, however, Liam Payne threw down a different number and it makes me sadder than I the pangs of nostalgia I felt watching One Direction sing "Torn."

Payne talked more about this so-called break, saying, "Obviously we're all going to take a break for a bit first and then consider where we are in the world. Then I just want to write songs. That's been the most fun process out of this, except for touring, the writing of the songs. We're going to come back, so there's something to write for as well, for us and for other people. We haven't really had time to write an album. Writing's not really a job, it's so much fun. We've always had to rush it, so it's going to be nice for the next two years — I'm going to write a few songs and see what happens." DJ Payno say whaaat? Two years? No. Just, no. Made in the A.M. is arguably One Direction's best album to date and yes, they're leaving on a high note and all that, but still.

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The one — one — saving grace is that it's possible that Payne is referencing the combined time of the hiatus and the year after in which the band would presumably write an album while not touring. If you look closely at his quote, he says the band hasn't really had time to write an album — and this post-hiatus year could be what we need to get an amazing followup to Made in the A.M.

One Direction, know this: When you get back together (and you know I'm pulling for you), your fans will be more than ready for new music. Take the time you need and when you come back, give us your A-game.