It looks like One Direction might have to change their name to Several Directions.
After days of speculation and nervous rumors, it’s been officially announced that member Zayn Malik is leaving the band.
The group released a formal statement on their Facebook page confirming the decision but also let their fans know not to freak out too much. The remaining four members will continue with their upcoming concert schedule and the subsequent recording of their fifth studio album later this year.
Zayn’s reasoning? He wants to be a “normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight.”
“I’d like to apologize to the fans if I’ve let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right in my heart,” says Zayn.
One Direction added, “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.”
Simon Cowell, who put the famed group together, also dropped in his two-cents on the breakup, stating, “Since I first met Zayn in 2010, I have grown very, very fond – and immensely proud – of him… As for One Direction, fans can rest assured that Niall, Liam, Harry and Louis are hugely excited about the future of the band.”
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