Zayn Malik has made the decision to quit One Direction after leaving the bands current ‘On The Road Again World Tour’ just last week, following rumours he allegedly cheated on fiancée Perrie Edwards. One Direction are now left with four band members, Niall, Harry, Liam and Louis where they will continue to tour and make new music for a fifth album. It was announced over One Direction’s Facebook page March 25, with statements from Zayn, his band mates and Simon Cowell. Read the full post below:
“After five incredible years Zayn Malik has decided to leave One
Direction. Niall, Harry, Liam and Louis will continue as a four-piece and look forward to the forthcoming concerts of their world tour and
recording their fifth album, due to be released later this year.”
Zayn says: “My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined. But, after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band. I’d like to apologise to the fans if I’ve let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right in my heart. I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight. I know I have four friends for life in Louis, Liam, Harry and Niall. I know they will continue to be the best band in the world.”
One Direction say: “We’re really sad to see Zayn go, but we totally
respect his decision and send him all our love for the future. The past five years have been beyond amazing, we’ve gone through so much together, so we will always be friends. The four of us will now continue. We’re looking forward to recording the new album and seeing all the fans on the next stage of the world tour.”
Simon Cowell says: “I would like to say thank you to Zayn for everything he has done for One Direction. Since I first met Zayn in 2010, I have grown very, very fond – and immensely proud – of him. I have seen him grow in confidence and I am truly sorry to see him leave. As for One Direction, fans can rest assured that Niall, Liam, Harry and Louis are hugely excited about the future of the band.”
The announcement left over 100,000 Facebook comments on the post within 3 hours and Twitter blew up with tweets from devastated Directioners after they heard the news. Twitter Trends were also taken over with #AlwaysInOurHeartsZaynMalik, RIP One Direction, #ZaynMalik, #ByeZayn.
We wish the boys and Zayn all the best for the future and hope he gets the private time he wants!