Zayn Malik has left One Direction, representatives of the band confirmed via their official Facebook fan page. Malik said he left to reclaim the normal life a 22-year-old boy should have, relaxed and away from the spotlight.
Zayn Malik and One Direction
Malik left after five years of performing with the band. It was not clear when the decision was finalized, but the Facebook status confirming Malik’s decision was posted on March 26, 12:30am UK Time.
In a statement, Zayn apologized to 1D fans because he felt he let them down. However, he said he wants to live the normal life boys his age should enjoy.
“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,” Malik said in a statement.
According to One Direction’s spokesperson, Niall, Harry, Liam and Louis will continue as a four-piece. The four boys are actually looking forward to their concerts, world tours and the recording of their fifth album, which will be released later this year.
“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,” Niall, Harry, Liam and Louis said in a statement posted on 1D’s Facebook page.
Producer Simon Cowell said he was grateful for Malik’s contribution to the band and will continue to be proud of him.
“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,” Cowell said in a statement.
Fans Are Crying Their Hearts Out
Twitter is being flooded with pictures and videos of fans crying and breaking down to the news.
When Zayne leaves 1D pic.twitter.com/wD8Tw6azsZ
— Mikaela Dingmann (@MikaelaDingmann) March 25, 2015
— tina woods (@tinawoodsss) March 25, 2015
— Sharan Sunner (@SharanSunner) March 25, 2015
— One Direction (@OneDrecti0nFans) March 25, 2015
I’m breaking down. I can’t do this
— c loves louis ◟̽◞̽ (@talkdirtylouis) March 25, 2015
I just want to take my heart out. I don’t want to feel this. I can’t it hurts too much.
— Zayn We Love You (@narryaf_ziamaf) March 25, 2015
Zayn leaving one direction got me like pic.twitter.com/nOB3r61cix
— Typical Girl (@SoDamnTrue) March 25, 2015
— WE LOVE U ZAYN❤️ (@MrsMalik_x33) March 25, 2015
I’ve really appreciated what you said @zaynmalik but it won’t be easy to have a normal life now but I hope for you that you will get it. X
— Angela Mariniello (@ANGYMARINIELLO) March 25, 2015
Just when I thought my day couldn’t get worse after Clarkson’s departure, Zayn Malik has left 1D. My life blown apart in 3 hours…
— Jack Howell (@Jack_Howell) March 25, 2015
zayn malik has left one direction, nope i’m not crying i’m not i’m not (i am i really am and i need a cuddle and some chocolate)
— Amy Decker (@amydecker_) March 25, 2015
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