One Direction thank fans

Louis Tomlinson has lead tributes to One Direction fans after the band performed their last song together on last night's (13.12.15) 'The X Factor', before they go on an extended break.

One Direction thank fans

Louis Tomlinson has thanked One Direction's fans for a "special" five years.

The group are now going on hiatus following their final performance on UK TV show 'The X Factor' last night (13.12.15) and the 23-year-old singer admitted taking to the stage for the last time was very "emotional".

He tweeted: "Well that was an emotional night !! Never can we thank you enough for how special you have made the last five years for us! ... I hope you realise what we have all done together really is incredible. You guys have made us what we are today! We'll be back soon enough (sic)!

Elsewhere, bandmate Harry Styles, 21, referred to the fans as "team mates" and thanked his legions of followers for having "changed their lives".

He posted to Twitter: "To you, you have changed our lives and no words will ever be good enough to thank you for what we have done together ... You are the greatest team mates we have ever known. Thank you (sic)."

During their appearance at the 'X Factor' final, the quartet - which also includes Liam Payne and Niall Horan - performed their latest single 'Infinity' before their mentor Simon Cowell led a star-studded tribute video, which included contributions from the likes of David Beckham, James Corden and Little Mix.

Speaking to the group, Simon said: "It's been a privilege, it's been fun. Enjoy the break and I'll always be there."

Little Mix said they were "proud" of their pals.

They said: "You guys have smashed it for many years and we are so proud of you."

And David, 40, added: "Boys, what can I say. Five years and you have given so much to so many people. You are unbelievably talented but more importantly unbelievably nice guys. You need to come back soon or you're going to have more videos like that."

They then bowed out with a rendition of 'History', which they sang while a video montage of their career - including with former member Zayn Malik - played behind them.

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