This is not a breakup...just a rest, relax and recharge break that they so desperately need.
But, just in case you needed further reassurance, Liam Payne told The Sun's Fabulous magazine it's not the end of 1D.
First, he points out how they've gotten stronger, in part from their fans' undying support, explaining: "I like that quotes about teabags and hot water. You can only test how strong you are when you get put in hot water. We've been tested, but it's actually made us stronger. We've actually taken a lot of strength from our fans who have never given up on us, never believed it was over."
Liam continued, "It's not over. And yes, we're taking a break, but we need one. We have done four tours, five albums, but we will be coming back. We don't want this to end."
We know this isn't the end for One Direction, but it helps us breathe a little bit easier when we hear things like this from the guys.