Niall Horan on One Direction's Hiatus: 'Don't Worry, We'll Be Back'

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Niall Horan of One Direction performs onstage during 102.7 KIIS FM¬ís Jingle Ball 2015 Presented by Capital One at STAPLES CENTER on Dec. 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. 

The moment has come, Directioners: the boys have officially taken a break.

One Direction's Niall Horan tweeted Monday what sounds like an unequivocal lights out on the boy band's current run, which began five years ago and recently culminated in the release of their last album, Made in the A.M. Since their fifth album, the quartet delivered a few year-end performances, including Jingle Ball L.A. on Dec. 4, which was touted as the group's last U.S. performance before a hiatus of an as-yet-undetermined length.

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"Looking forward to chilling for a while now," Horan tweeted.

 

Similar messages have been filtering out from the rest of the band in the past day or so, graciously thanking fans with the clear implication that this is good-bye...for now. Harry Styles also had this to say over the weekend:

And then there was this vague but optimistic promise for eventual return  from Louis Tomlinson:

 

"Soon enough" has so far been estimated at anywhere from 18 months to two years - an amount of time fans would surely say is anything ​but soon.

Update: Liam Payne, for his part, went with a joke.