While they've joked about what they'll do with the time off, there are the constant rumors that this break will lead to a breakup and they'll kick off their solo careers. We are firmly denying that, mostly because they've said they'll be back together...but a little more reassurance is always welcome.
In a recent chat with ITV News, Liam Payne cleared things up (again, we know) in the best possible way, saying, "You could never really walk away from something this good and this is something we all thoroughly enjoy doing, but we've done five albums in five years and toured at the same time so I think we all just deserve a holiday."
Harry Styles chimed in that "We're just not touring next year and we have done for five years...so we're just gonna take a little break."
Bottom line: they've totally earned the time off.