Millions of hearts around the world have been broken as it is reported that Bradford’s very own Zayn Malik has left One Direction.
The 22-year-old rose to fame when he appeared on the X-Factor forming a band with Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Niall Horan and Liam Pane finishing in third place.
The band confirmed his departure in an official statement:
“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”
Zayn made his feeling clear and apologised to the dedicated fans saying: “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.”
Zayn has full support of his fellow band mates as they are sad to see him go but the fully “respect” his decision send him “all our love for the future” They will continue to be best friends.
Simon Cowell has also had his input and said that he would like to thank the Bradford born singer for everything he has done for One Direction and he is “immensely proud of him.”
Further reports say that fame became too much for Malik as he returned to the UK after quitting the world tour due to allegations of cheating after photos emerged of him with another woman. Zayn was signed off with stress.
Louis, Harry, Niall and Liam will stay as ‘One Direction’ and stick together as a four piece. They are due to release their fifth album later this year