It’s sad but official. Zayn Malik leaves One Direction.
The band disclosed this in their Facebook fanpage today. Here is their official announcement:
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 says: “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.”
It is said that Zayn Malik had his share of highs and lows during his One Direction days.
The most recent was his romantic slip-up with fiance Perrie Edwards because of a cozy photo in Thailand with a girl named Lauren Richard. Last 2014 , his “marijuana” video with Louis Tomlinson while on tour in Peru went viral, which of course stirred up reactions from the public. In 2013, Zayn Malik was reported to have spent a night with Courtney Webb, an Australian waitress who was working at a strip club.
But Sinitta, a singer also from UK and who is close to Simon Cowell gave her two cent’s worth in an interview last week. It was the time when Zayn Malik walked out from One Direction tour here in Manila. According to Sinitta, Zayn Malik may have experienced “burn out” due to not having decent sleep since the band left X-Factor.
Today when news broke out, Louis Walsh said that the news was not a surprise for him and even admits he knew there were budding problems since 2010. He was one of the judge during One Direction’s journey in X Factor. But he is optimistic that One Direction will not be wavered and said “The Spice Girls had it when Geri Halliwell left. Take Take had it when Robbie left. Westlife had it when Brian left. They all still continued.”
Social media is now exploding diverse reactions . In twitter #AlwaysInOurHeartsZaynMalik, #ReplaceZayn, #ZaynWillAlwaysBeAPartOf1D, #ComeBackZayn are topping the trending list.