It's a sad day for One Direction fans! The band has confirmed that they have lost a member.
Zayn Malik has officially quit the boy band.
In a statement, Zayn said, "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."
The shocking news comes just a week after Zayn stepped away from the groups On the Road Again world tour. He reportedly had personal stresses to see to. Apparently, his brief absence made him realize that he no longer wanted to live the life of a pop star.
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"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."
Fans are DEVASTATED. But, don't worry... this doesn't mean the end of One Direction. The group will continue on their tour with the remaining four and they will record their fifth album later in the year.
No hard feelings from Zayn's former band mates. The guys released another statement that read, "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."
TV producer Simon Cowell is the genius behind One Direction. He created the group by taking five solo singers and turning them into one on The X Factor in 2010. He has been greatly involved in their group's successes ever since.
"I would like to say thank you to Zayn for everything he has done for One Direction," Simon said. "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."