We here at Metro were still reeling over Zayn Malik's decision to walk away and now this morning comes this: One Direction is splitting up and the remaining four skinny jean-wearing boys are going their own separate ways.

But they'll be back, an inside source tells The Sun.Just a few solo projects starting come March.

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No bad blood. Really.


Well, stop me if you think you've heard this one before.

“The guys have been together for five years, which is an incredible run for any boyband," the 1D source told the mass circulation tabloid.

“They fully deserve to have at least a year to work on their own projects. There is absolutely no bad blood between them and they are all 100 per cent behind the decision."

Why I now really get Taylor Swift.

The Sun's source insisted: “It is definitely not a split and they fully intend to get back together at some time in the future ...but for now it is the end and they go out on top as the world’s most popular music act.”

The official One Direction Twitter account has been radio silent on the news, and Team 1D's press people are also mum.

The group's last stadium concert will be in Sheffield, England on Oct 31 andHarry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horanwill promote their upcoming new album -- their fifth --- in February, after a Christmas break, the Sun said.

Metro finds it ironic that their new single, which debuted a new, harder rock sound for the guys, is called "Drag Me Down."

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Because, really that's what they're doing here. Nobody can drag you down, Harry? Well you sure are dragging us down!

It reminds us of that scene in Planet of the Apes -- the 1968 original (yes, kids, they had movies then) -- when Charleton Heston climbs down from his horse, looks up, and reality sets in: It's the blown-up Statue of Liberty.

He gets down on his knees and screams: "You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to Hell!"

John A. Oswald is editor-at-large at Metro and can be found on Twitter@nyc_oz.
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