As heartbroken Directioners are still dwelling over the news of One Direction's extended hiatus, Simon Cowell admitted that he has "known for a while" that this break was coming -- and much needed. Once they begin their break in March of 2016, the group will have completed five albums and four corresponding tours in just five years.
"Look, even though they're young, that is a gruelling schedule," Cowell told media at the launch of X Factor UK's twelvth season. "After a while I could see they were exhausted, so when they said, 'How do you feel about it?' I said, 'Do whatever you want.' Having a year off is going to be a healthy thing."