Simon Cowell has admitted he doesn't know if One Direction will definitely get back together following their hiatus. The 56-year-old, who manages the boy band, said the group need more time off before making a decision about their future together.
"I don't know if it's a hiatus or a breakup, to be honest," Simon told Billboard. "In a weird way, I don't want to know. I don't think they've had enough time to experience what it's like not being in the group to really answer that."
Simon Cowell has admitted he doesn't know what the future holds for One Direction
The X Factor mogul admitted that he left the decision to take a break in the group's hands, explaining that he's "learned to trust" his artists more.
"Whenever I was with them, we talked about [going on a break], and I couldn't argue with them. They had achieved so much in a short period of time, and I didn't want them to get jaded."
He added: "As I've gotten older, I've learned to trust people more, particularly artists. They'll decide when they want to come back together."
The boy band are currently enjoying an extended hiatus
One Direction announced their decision to take an extended break in August, but have previously denied reports that they had split for good, with a representative for the group telling HELLO! that claims suggesting otherwise are: "Fabrication and speculation," and that the boys "have already addressed this many, many times".
The group appear to be enjoying their time off from the band so far, and it has recently been reported that Harry Styles has been offered a role in Christopher Nolan's new film Dunkirk, as he prepares to try his hand at acting.
His bandmate Louis Tomlinson is settling into life as a father with his son Freddie Reign, who was born in January.
Meanwhile Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, who he has described as his "favourite woman in the world".