To the chagrin of many Directioners, Zayn Malik recently announced that he was leaving the boyband after five years together. Perhaps it was always evident that he was ready to make an exist, given that he recently walked away from the band’s tour citing that he was under a lot of stress (who isn’t?).
The rest of the band members: Niall, Liam, Harry and reacted to the news of his leaving by saying: “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.”
1Direction (from left) Niall, Zayn, Harry, Liam and Louis.
Amidst rumors that he was probably forced out the group due to his wild partying and drug problem, he stated that he chose to leave the band as he wanted to live his life as a ‘normal’ 22 year old (whatever that means). We find this a little bit ironic especially given the fact that he’s recently been speaking to tabloids and given way more interviews than he’s ever done before, at a particular time.
However, dear 1D fans, Zayn hasn’t forgotten about you (yet J), He released a statement saying: “I’d like to apologize to the fans if I’ve let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right.”
One Direction will continue their world tour as a four piece and record a fifth album later this year.
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Do you think that his reasons for leaving are valid?
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