Oh no! Zayne Malik’s sudden announcement on leaving One Direction for good has left all the Directioners in the world devastated.
The singer revealed the shocking and sad news yesterday through Twitter and Facebook.
The statement reads:
“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.”
The news has surely set the internet abuzz with many social media users sharing their griefs and heartbreaks upon hearing about the 22-year-old English-Pakistani’s departure from one of the biggest British boybands.
The decision might have something to do with last week’s incident
when Zayn quits the band’s world tour citing “stress” as the reason.
“Zayn has been signed off with stress and is flying back to the UK to recuperate. The band wish him well and will continue with their performances in Manila and Jakarta,” according to 1D’s statement.
This is because one day before Zayn left the tour, photos of him getting friendly with a mysterious woman surfaced and shortly after that he returned to UK to defend his relationship with his fiancée Perrie Edwards, a singer from Little Mix.
Zayn confessed in the statement:
“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 rest of 1D members also bid the former member goodbye and respected his decision, they decided to continue One Direction as a four-member group;
“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.”
One Direction was formed on the UK version of “The X Factor” and signed with Simon Cowell’s record label Syco Records. Simon, who found the boys, also leaves a statement for Zayne:
“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.”
Surely, many tears have been shed among the fans but let’s all wish for the best to both One Direction and Zayn Malik in their future endeavors.