It usually starts with snippets of gossip, denials and finally acceptance when the break-up announcement is made.
Fear not though 1D fans. Sometimes it is a growing process as the guys turn from kids to men. Their music may change along with their appearance but along the way they may do a Take That and reform bigger and better.
Nothing should be taken for granted however in the world of pop music not least the fans.
A temporary split can become permanent if fans get hooked on the next big pop sensation and also move on. Out of sight is after all out of mind.