Digital Spy reports, Simon Cowell has finally broken his silence on his chart-topping group One Direction's impending hiatus.
Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson announced earlier this week that One Direction will likely take a "well-earned break" from working together following the release of their upcoming fifth album.
Speaking to Digital Spy and other media at the launch of The X Factor tonight (August 25), One Direction's record label boss Simon Cowell spoke candidly about the group's future.
"I've known for months that they wanted to take a break," he explained. "They haven't announced an official break-up because I don't think they're quite sure what they want to do yet, other than have some time off.
"After five years - I know what their schedule was like - it was gruelling. They would have burned themselves out.
"We've never been in a situation where we say, 'We think you should do this' or 'We think you should do that'. I would say, 'Tell me what you want to do and we'll support you either way'."
Cowell also acknowledged that no definite timeline is in place for One Direction to eventually re-form.