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Fans of The 1975 are currently fearfully speculating as to whether or not the band have split up, after an ominous and mysterious message was shared before their Facebook page disappeared.
The band were believed to be working on the follow-up to their globe-conquering first album, but now it looks as if the band may have gone on hiatus.
"Our projected identity must change not only visually but philosophically – how do you do that?," wrote frontman Matt Healy in a since deleted Twitter comment, "Firstly we must reclaim our identity & repossess our control of it...Until then there won’t be any pop music or dancing with long hair.
He continued: "The hardest part of any relationship is to say goodbye. As much as we might like things to stay the same, change is an inevitable part of life. We can't simply go on forever – always staying the same, never evolving. So we must leave, with a parting 'we love you' – we are already gone."
Many are hopeful that the news is not true and just a comment to look forward to huge changes in direction ahead of their new album, after Healy last week shared a blurred image of what it appears to be a tracklisting:
"We're just so busy," frontman Matt Healy told Gigwise earlier last summer. "So crazy busy and just making so much music for ourselves and other people and our next record. We're enjoying it - we're just exhausted".
"The new record it's very much in the works, we're not talking about it yet because we want it to be as coherent as the first record, we want it to be conceptual but not kind of naff. I think that we don't know enough about it yet, even though we've been writing so much, we don't know what's going to make it on the record and what's not.
"We're just gonna take it easy and not talk about our second record until we've finished this first one, but it's going to be good I promise you that."
"I think it's quite nice talking about it because it means it'll be happening some time soon," George Daniels added.
Watch The 1975 discuss their next album with Gigwise below
A band spokesman was unavailable for comment at the time of publishing. Check back soon for the latest updates.
More about: The 1975