Zayn Malik quits One Direction - run home and hug your children
The 22-year-old singer revealed that he is leaving the band days after dropping out of One Direction's live tour
Just days after dropping out of the live tour, Zayn Malik has officially announced he is leaving One Direction after five years. In a statement released today Malik apologised to his fans.
"My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined,” Malik wrote. “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."
Remaining members Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson will continue touring as One Direction, and plan to release their fifth album later this year.
In the statement the band commented: "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."
So how are the fans taking it? Well...
IM NEVER GONNA SEE ZAYN MALIK IN PERSON. I HATE THIS. MY LIFE IS OVER.— bren (@brennan_ball05) March 25, 2015
@zaynmalik ZAYN IS THAT TRUE? YOU LEAVE ONE DIRECTION?? THEY AREN'T THE SAME WITHOUT YOU PLEASE DON'T!!!!! MY LIFE IS OVER!!! 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭— Amelie Styles (@AmelieFinzer1) March 25, 2015
there's a girl crying on my bus because Zayn Malik is leaving One Direction. I've seen it all now.— ☯ little one ☯ (@imthatkidshery) March 25, 2015
I can't stop crying😭. @zaynmalik has left one direction😭 he has left me heart broken. All my dreams have come crashing down😭 love you zayn😭💚— Saffi Holmes (@SaffiTommo4life) March 25, 2015
@zaynmalik Please Zayn😢 Don't leave us, I'm literally Crying Rn. Please don't leave.Ilysm. Onedirection won't be the same without you. ✨63— Zayn Please Don't Go (@__Zoeey__) March 25, 2015