That’s right, after five long years with the group One Direction singer Zayne Malik has officially called it quits. Announced via the One Direction Facebook the 22-year-old star stated.
“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 apologize 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.”
Zayn also made comments in the post regarding his band members: Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson and referred to them as “friends for life” and also went on to say
“I know they continue to be the best band in the world.”
The group is due to release their fifth studio album this year, and they also made a statement to acknowledge their departing band member.
“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.”