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And so it happened. One Direction is now a four-piece band. The group took to their official Facebook page today to announce that Zayn Malik (arguably the hottest member) has left the band. Zayn said in the official statement that he is leaving to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have private time out of the spotlight. We hear that Z!
Zayn also added, “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.”
Read the rest of the statement including what Simon Cowell has to say here:
Last week Zayn quit One Direction’s current tour due to stress. He was scheduled to tape a commercial in Hong Kong last week but flew home to England instead of continuing the band’s Asian leg of their tour.
At the time, Malik’s publicist released a statement on Twitter that explains: “Zayn has been signed off with stress and is flying back to the UK to recuperate. The band wish him well and will continue with their performances in Manila and Jakarta.”
The news came on the heels of rumours that Zayn and fiancée Perrie Edwards (of Little Mix) were breaking up. Edwards posted a photo two weeks ago on Instagram where she was not wearing her engagement ring and just last week, Zayn was caught leaving a party in Thailand with an unknown blonde woman.
Zayn was quick to squash rumours, though, taking to Twitter to tell fans that he loves Perrie and that there are “a lot of jealous f*cks in this world.”
We wish Zayn all the best and we can’t wait to see what he is up to next!
Now let us all listen to this song: