Zayn Malik Leaves One Direction

On 26 March 2015

Zayn Malik Leaves One Direction

Zayn Malik is going in another direction. One-fifth of the massively popular boy band One Direction has left the group after 5 amazing years with the band.

One Direction announced his departure on Facebook not long after Malik departed from their world tour because of “stress.”

“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’s official Facebook posted.

Zyan himself wrote: “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,” Malik said in the statement. “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’s bandmates Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson wrote, “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. 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.”

The band says it will continue to record as a foursome and release a fifth album this year.

Fans wasted no time in taking to Twitter to share their hysterical reactions, ranging from imploring their idol to change to his mind, to comparing his departure to a death with one distraught fan even insisting her world had "stopped turning".

The news sparked more than 4,600 tweets a minute on Twitter, with the hashtag ‘Cut4Zayn’ trending worldwide as teenagers posted pictures of their slashed arms, and encouraged others to follow suit.

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