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There's more to come from One Direction - Liam.

Byline: James Cartledge Staff Reporter

WOLVERHAMPTON One Direction star Liam Payne has insisted the band is NOT splitting up - and pledged: "There's much more to come."

He set the record straight in a series of tweets amid reports that members of the world's biggest group were to part after five years.

Fellow band member Niall Horan had earlier confirmed they would be "taking a well-earned break" next year.

Payne, 21, told his 20 million followers: "So glad everything has been cleared up today and for your support.

"It is amazing, not that we could ever expect anything less.

"You're amazing. Can't wait to put more time into everything we do and coming out with something great.

"Thank you so much for everything you have done for us. It's been the most amazing five years and there's so much more to come."

Some tickets for 1D's Birmingham shows in October were being advertised for more than PS1,200 each - more than ten times the face value - as sellers tried to cash in on fears of a split.

The Barclaycard Arena is already completely sold out for the band's October 10 gig, and the following two nights have just a few tickets left.

Some users of are advertising tickets for prices of up to PS1,298.

The original lowest priced ticket for the tour was PS44, with top prices for normal seats at the Barclaycard Arena PS72.20.

The Sun previously reported that the pop stars were set to go their separate ways in March.

A source told the tabloid that the band would not tour their fifth album, and they would instead part company for a year because they wanted to focus on solo projects.

In a series of tweets, Horan, 21, told his 23 million Twitter followers: "OK, so lots of rumours going round.

"We are not splitting up, but we will be taking a well-earned break at some point next year.

"Don't worry, though, we still have lots we want to achieve!

"Can't wait for you to hear all the new music we have for you and to perform some new songs as the tour continues. Love you all."

Father-to-be Louis Tomlinson told his 20 million followers: "Your support is truly indescribable! It's just a break, we're not going anywhere!!" He sent two further tweets, saying simply "Promise" and "Don't worry".

The break had been on the cards "with or without Zayn" Malik, who left the group in March, according to an unnamed source who spoke to The Sun.

The source claimed: "Of course, they would have preferred that he had stayed in the band, but they would have taken this extended hiatus even if he hadn't left."

It is believed the break and the decision not to tour was rubberstamped in a meeting in London last weekend.

There is "a lot of interest" in Redditch-born Harry Styles from Hollywood, Tomlinson is "very much in contention to be a judge on X Factor" next year and all of them are now faced with "a massive amount of options", according to the tabloid source.

It seems Payne may want to fine-tune his songwriting, producing and DJ skills rather than a solo career, according to the report.

'"Thank you so much for everything you have done for us. It's been the most amazing five years and there's so much more to come." LIAM PAYNE


One Direction star Liam Payne
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Date:Aug 26, 2015
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