Il Divo back One Direction hiatus plan
Il Divo have backed One Direction's decision to take a break.
The classical crossover group have accumulated 12 years' experience in the music industry and think the boyband's desire to go on hiatus next year is understandable as they have been under intense pressure since rocketing to fame.
Speaking exclusively to BANG Showbiz, German-born Spanish baritone Carlos Marín said: "It's difficult because you're together 16/17 hours a day. I think them having a break is a normal thing.
"Hopefully they come back together but it depends what they want to do. They are fantastic guys and great singers and obviously they have a lot going on. Being young you need to know what you want to do.
"Being a singer is beautiful but when you're as big as One Direction you have demands from all over the world and that is quite tough."
However, Il Divo - which also includes David Miller, Urs Buhler and Sébastien Izambard - are not planning to follow in their footsteps by taking a break and are instead planning "another 10 years" in the business.
Carlos said: "We are the mature guys who are still doing things after 12 years and hopefully we will for another 10 years."
Meanwhile, both groups are signed to Simon Cowell's Syco record label and Il Divo have nothing but praise for the music mogul.
Carlos, 47, said: "He's a very nice guy. We have musical theatre and classic backgrounds so at the beginning he said 'guys, trust me' and then after 12 years we said to him 'trust us'.
"He let us do whatever we want because he knows we are experienced and mature guys and we've shown that in the 12 years."
Il Divo's new album 'Amor & Pasion' is out November 27. They tour the UK in May 2016.