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Louis Tomlinson: One Direction will be back after hiatus

Niall (left) along with Harry, Liam and Louis (right) will play their final show for a year in Sheffield on Saturday night Credit: Press Association

One Direction stars, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan, say their final shows in Sheffield before the group go on hiatus will be emotional, but that the break has come at the right time for the group.

The On The Road Again tour ends on Saturday with the third of three nights at Sheffield Arena. The group have been touring relentlessly since they burst onto the scene in the X Factor in 2010.

I think the break will be good for us. We've been touring and making albums every year for the last five years so it's going to be nice to be able to do things that we've not been able to - like going home and seeing family and people we haven't seen in quite a while. To do a bit of travelling, actually! We've been all over the world but haven't actually got to see a lot of it.

– Niall Horan

Louis and Niall, along with Liam Payne, Harry Styles and now departed Zayn Malik were first put together at the boot camp stage of The X Factor in 2010. Tipped to win at one stage, the much-fancied boyband ended up in third place.

Liverpudlian Rebecca Ferguson was runner-up and Matt Cardle was crowned winner. However, music mogul Simon Cowell believed in the boys and signed them to his Syco record label.

One Direction in 2010, when the group was merely knocking on the door of superstardom Credit: Press Association

Since then they have gone from strength to strength, becoming the world's biggest boy band, met with hysteria akin to the 'Beetlemania' of the 1960's.

Along with a feature length movie, the group have released five albums, winning countless awards and selling millions of records along the way.

The announcement of the band's hiatus was met with speculation that it could be the final chapter for the boys, something which Doncaster's Louis Tomlinson is quick to dispel:

We fully intend to come back. We absolutely love this. We had a little sit down before and we decided that we wanted a break. We've had a very intense couple of years so we're just going to have a little bit of breathing time and spend that with our families.

I don't think that anyone could keep this pace up forever, so I think it's the most healthy and constructive thing for all of us - so it's important to take a little time to comprehend everything that's happened. It all goes so fast that you don't really have time to reflect, so it'll be nice to run over those things.

– Louis Tomlinson

2015 turned out to be a turning point for both the band as a musical entity and the boys themselves.

The first shock came when Malik quit One Direction in March. The 22-year-old later split from fiancee Perrie Edwards, a member of X Factor winning group Little Mix.

Given time to reflect on the departure of Malik, Tomlinson thinks that his exit came at a good time for the group, allowing them to refocus their energies free from distraction

Zayn Malik left the group earlier this year Credit: Press Association

It's the same with any kind of working group - if someone leaves then of course you'll miss them being there, but I think in general it was at a good time for us, because we knew this was what we wanted to do as a four, so since then we've buckled down and pushed on.

– Louis Tomlinson

2015 turned out to be a big year for Tomlinson personally, in July news broke that the 23-year-old is to be a father, expecting a child with stylist. Briana Jungwirth.

Louis also appeared as mentor, Simon Cowell's, guest judge for the 'judges houses' stage of this year's X Factor. Having gone through a similar process to set his career on the path to stardom, the singer says he enjoyed being part of the experience from the other side, reminding him of his early days.

Louis has had an eventful 2015, and is expecting a baby next year Credit: Press Association

The group announced that their fifth studio album, Made In The A.M., will be released globally on November 13.

Drag Me Down was the first single lifted from the album in July. It went straight to number one in the UK Chart. The track was streamed 4.75 million times globally, earning the greatest number of streams over one day on Spotify.

Niall (left) and Louis (right) say they will be emotional ahead of their final gig Credit: ITV News

Ahead of their final gigs, the boys say they are looking forward to their break, although admit that it may take some time getting used to being away from the limelight and the lifestyle they had grown used to over the last five years.

I imagine Saturday night will be emotional. We've done almost 1,000 shows or more over the last few years, so to think that we won't do one for over a year will be strange, so it will be a little bit emotional.

– Niall Horan

Click below to watch Duncan Wood's full interview with Louis and Niall