One of the most popular member of One Direction, Zayn Malik has quit the world-renowned British boyband for good after five years of being together. The 22-year-old singer announced his decision on Wednesday, leaving behind One Direction members Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson to continue as a four-member group.
According to Zayn Malik, the main reason why he quits with One Direction was because he wants to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight but noted that remains as friend to the remaining One Direction members.
During the announcement of Zayn Malik he was quoted as saying “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,” said Malik in a statement released on the band’s official Facebook page.
The One Direction member added further that “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,” he added.
Meanwhile, the remaining members of One Direction respect the decision of Zayn Malik and send him all their love for the future. They were quoted as saying “We’re really sad to see Zayn go, but we totally respect his decision and send him all our love for the future.” One Direction stated.
The UK’s popular boyband One Direction added the following statement “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.”
Earlier report stated, that Zayn Malik returned to the United Kingdom due to stress which caused the singer to miss the Manila leg of the band’s “On The Road Again Tour.”