One Direction are looking so far into their future career plans that they are already planning their reunion. The boy band told The Mirror that they want to follow in the footsteps of Take That, by which they mean they want to split up at the height of their career, and then get back together ten years later. And hopefully have a few successful solo careers in that gap. But which one’s going to be Robbie? And who’s going to be Gary. And which poor soul is going to be Mark Owen?

“We want to be like Take That or Gary Barlow – take 10 years out and then come back,” said Niall Horan, on the day that their latest single was unveiled. The new track, ‘Little Things’ was written by Ed Sheeran and Niall reveals that the band were keen to embrace the new acoustic direction that the song offers. “We heard the new song and said, ‘yeah, that’s a cracker, we want it.’” A combination of Ed Sheeran and One Direction is surely going to make sure that the band are onto a winner, so when exactly are they going to decide that they are ‘on top of their game’ and decide to split? Surely they can’t have had enough just yet? Though global domination doesn’t seem to far out of reach for these young singers, who seem to have become millionaires almost over night.

Fans of the band have taken to Twitter to express their disbelief at the suggestion that One Direction might, one day, decide to split up. The user @koatoa pleaded for reassurance, saying “what what what this can't be real?” and @anskudirection, also known as Niallers Princess on the site, said “PLEASE TELL ME THIS ISN'T TRUE!???” No word from the lads just yet on exactly when they plan to start this ten year hiatus.

Watch the lyric video for 'Little Things'