Zayn Malik Officially Leaves One Direction

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Zayn Malik has officially left One Direction. The band made the announcement on their Facebook account on March 25, one week after he made headlines for leaving their current tour due to “stress.”
The band notes they will continue on as a “four-piece.”

You can read the full statements, including a statement from Malik, below.

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.”

added, “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 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.”

As did Simon Cowell, who discovered the band on X Factor
UK. “I would like to say thank you to Zayn for everything he has done
for One Direction,” he said in a statement. “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.”

Credit: Billboard.com

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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