Zayn Malik Leaves One Direction

Mourn all you One Direction fans as Zayn Malik has decided to quit. Last week, the 22-year-old star returned home to the UK in the midst of the band’s On the Road Again Tour after photos of him holding hands with a female in Thailand in the beginning of the month. The photos also showed him with his arms around a girl, despite the fact that he was engaged to Perrie Edwards, the Little Mix singer. He signed off due to stress and the public upheaval that followed and had flown back home for recuperating.

However, the band, which also consists of Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne have officially confirmed that Zayn has decided to quit and go his own way. Zayn uploaded a heart-felt post on Facebook in which he explained his decision. He wrote that the five years he had spent with the band had been the best ones, but he thought that this was the right time to leave. He apologized for letting down his fans, but said that he had to do what was right for him. He added that his bandmates would remain his best friends for life. He was leaving because he wants to live like a normal 22-year-old and out of the spotlight.

One Direction had formed in 2010 on The X Factor UK after the five had auditioned as solo artists. The band will continue without Zayn as they wrap up their tour and will record their fifth album that’s due for release later this year. Zayn’s pal had some kind words for their mate too. They said they were sad that he was leaving, but fully supported his decision. The four piece also said that they would always be friends with Zayn and were looking forward to recording their new album and seeing their fans on the next world tour.

The extent of their sadness could be judged from the fact that Harry Styles broke down in tears on the stage in Jakarta, Thailand where they were performing, a few hours after the news went public. Simon Cowell, who had signed the band to his label Syco after their performance on The X Factor, also spoke out. He appreciated Zayn for the contribution he had made to the band and expressed his pride in the handsome star. He said that he was really sorry that Zayn had to go, but it was understandable as he had always been the introspective and shy one of the lot.

He assured all One Direction fans that the band would continue and the remaining four members were hugely excited about the future of the band. Zayn’s sister also spoke out on Instagram on behalf of her brother at the end of last week. She stated that he was still ‘human’ and he had been very upset and hurt at the way people had reacted to the photographs and accused him of being unfaithful to his fiancée Perrie Edwards. The band, for now, fill continue their tour without Zayn. 
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