Like many band breakups of the past, there have been a TON of rumors as to why Zayn Malik really quit One Direction!
Guess people just didn't believe the whole "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" statement.
There's also speculation of the 22-year-old singer leaving the band to repair his relationship with fiancée Perrie Edwards. Others theorized the Little Mix singer forced him to quit, while even more blamed management for being hard on the band.
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Well, Radar Online is reporting that it's none of those reasons!
Apparently, an insider revealed to the website that Zaynie has a HUGE drug and alcohol problem and management gave him an ultimatum — either get sober or leave the band.
With his departure and the inside information, one would assume the ex-1D member opted to leave or rather refused to get sober.
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Radar quoted a source connected to upper management for the band, saying:
"Zayn's alcohol and drug use became a huge problem. He chose not to get clean and that is when they parted ways. They gave him every opportunity to clean up his act, but he just couldn't do it."
While another source told the online site:
"He is in bad shape, which is the real reason he went home to London. He's been going down fast and an intervention was needed. It was decided that it was best for him to go and take care of him for right now."
It's really odd that this report would come out after Rolling Stone decided to publish a never-before-seen interview of the shy crooner from 2012 where he admits to not being a huge partier!
The Q&A went as follows:
Are there other aspects of your lifestyle that he [dad] has problems with? I'm not out going clubbing; I prefer to stay in and sit on my sofa and watch TV and that's because I've never been told that I wasn't allowed [to do anything]. I never really wanted to do something that I wasn't allowed to do because it was always available for me. They don't really want me to get drunk, but I think that's the same with every parent…
Do you drink?
No, I don't drink a lot. Maybe occasionally on a social occasion, but I'm not a big drinker. I don't enjoy it.
Does that mean that you don't go out with the rest of the guys? They seem to like to drink.
Obviously I go out with the lads. I have nights out with the lads and stuff, but it's not something that I do of my own choice. I go out if the lads are going out just to chill out with the guys. I don't really do it on my free time.
Obviously things change as people get older, but having a serious alcohol and drug problem doesn't just happen!
The British native has always been really reserved. Maybe the pressures of fame were starting to get to be too much??
We've reached out to One Direction's rep for comment.
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