Zayn Malik

Quits One Direction – Fans Devastated

Zayn Malik has quit One Direction following five years with the boy band.

He’s Heading in Another Direction. One Direction annouced Zayn’s departure with heavy hearts. Harry Styles was seen unable to hold back tears, begging Zayn not to leave.

In a statement posted on the group’s official Facebook page, Malik announced his departure from the group. “My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined,” he wrote. “But, after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band. I’d like to apologize to the fans if I’ve let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right in my heart.”malik

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,” he added. “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.

The Facebook post also contained statements from One Direction and Simon Cowell, who put the group together in 2010 during their season on the UK show X-Factor. Malik’s former group plan to continue recording, with the remaining members promising fans a new album. “We’re really sad to see Zayn go, but we totally respect his decision and send him all our love for the future,” the group wrote. “The past five years have been beyond amazing, we’ve gone through so much together, so we will always be friends.” Cowell thanked Malik for his contributions to the group.

The news follows Malik’s recent exit from the band’s current world tour, where he cited “stress” as the reason for his leave. Last year, the singer had co-written songs with UK artist Naughty Boy, including “One Chance to Dance” which One Direction had planned to record.

One Direction’s full statement on the departure of Zayn Malik

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.

 

One Direction Willing To Welcome Zayn Back In Future

In his official statement, Zayn said: “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.

We support you, Zayn, but we’re still sad about it. However, there may be a silver lining to this after all: in case Zayn ever wants to come back, the 1D boys are willing to accept him with open arms!

Still, as far as the boys are concerned, Zayn has an open invitation to rejoin the group when he gets his head back on straight,” the source revealed to us EXCLUSIVELY. “He’s a brother to them and they won’t turn their back on him in his time of need. Simon and the record company may have other thoughts but not the boys, they love him.

What does the Future Hold for One Direction?

The Band has also released a statement saying: “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.

One Direction released their own statement: “We’re really sad to see Zayn go, but we totallyrespect 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.”

 

One Direction Members Ranked From Least to Most Favorite

As a fan of the band since before their first U.S. album dropped, here’s my list:

5) Liam Payne: Okay, as an actual songwriter, Liam is certainly one of the most talented members of One Direction. But personality-wise, it’s always been harder to get a read on Liam than the others. This means A) He’s probably the most normal one of them but B) He’s the hardest to identify with. But hey, he did get in a good Bieber burn recently.

4) Louis Tomlinson: The Larry Shippers’ conspiracy theory that Louis Tomlinson is secretly in a relationship with Harry Styles is probably the most interesting thing about him. And while Louis has the songwriting chops, he’s probably the weakest singer in the group. Nevertheless, what a smile!

3) Zayn Malik: When he’s focused, Zayn has arguably the finest voice in the band. Also, have you seen those eyes? Normal eyes aren’t supposed to sparkle like that! Also, he bought his mom a house, which is pretty adorable.

2) Harry Styles: It’s understandable why Harry is the international breakout of the band. Like John Lennon before him, he maintains a wry mystique. He’s always smiling as if he knows a secret he’d like to share with you — and only you! Plus, his name suits his strengths: He’s the most stylish member of 1D by far, and his hair is probably the best in the entire realm of pop music.

1) Niall Horan: Going by his fan interactions, it seems like there isn’t a more down-to-earth, considerate pop star these days than Niall. Also, Niall dressing up as a disgruntled security guard in One Direction: This Is Us (“Who’s your favorite?” “Darren”) is probably the band’s funniest moment. Additionally, Niall actually plays guitar and loves his Irish heritage with a passion. At the end of the day, Niall is the one you’d want to casually hang with.

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