(PCM) One Direction bandmate Zayn Malik made headlines last week when he suddenly dropped off the bands current tour and claimed he needed a temporary break to deal with “stress”. Now, Malik has revealed that he has decided to part ways with the group permanently.
Tweens on the internet promptly went crazy claiming to be absolutely depressed, devastated and heartbroken by the news. The band’s publicist Simon Jones confirmed the news and said that One Direction will continue as four-piece. There was no mention about finding a replacement for Malik.
In a statement Malik 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.”
The band was created by Simon Cowell back in 2010 when they were all individual contestants on the UK version of “The X-Factor”. Cowell commented on Malik’s departure saying, “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 remaining group members say that they plan to continue their world tour and very much look forward to recording their upcoming new album.
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