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Zayn Malik Has Left One Direction

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After five years of being in the band, Zayn Malik has officially left One Direction.

There has been a ton of speculation ever since the singer suddenly took a break from their world tour for "stress" related reasons, but now there's an official announcement from the band.

The group took to their Facebook page today to share statements from the 22-year-old and Simon Cowell:

"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 says: "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."

One Direction say: "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."

Simon Cowell says: "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.""

So sad and upsetting!!

Although he doesn't mention anything about returning in the future, it doesn't mean that idea is out of the picture.

We do wish Zayn the best on his journey and hopefully there can be a reunion to come in the near future!

[Image via Daniel Deme/WENN/Instagram.]

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