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25 March 2015, 17:01
We're scared, guys. Like, really scared.
Zayn Malik flew home last week to be with his fiancé Perrie Edwards and now it seems as though Zayn has left the boys permanently. Out of all the members of One Direction, we've always gotten the vibe that Zayn had the itchiest feet.
Multiple reports claimed that Zayn was in talks with his lawyers to see whether or not he could wriggle out of his One D contract. With his Perrie drama and his Godlike persona, it was only a matter of time before Zayn said goodbye to the rest of Zayn One Direction.
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.One Direction
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 Malik
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.Simon Cowel