Big news today in the world of boy bands. Zayn Malik, of One Direction fame, has issued a statement today announcing that he is permanently leaving the group. This comes on the heels of cheating rumors that arose last week surrounding the star. Zayn has been known to fans to not handle living in the public eye too well, and it appears he has hit his breaking point.
Zayn issued a statement to his fans today stating “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.”
As for the remaining members of One Direction, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson, they plan to stay together. The group is in the middle of a world tour right now, and they plan to honor all remaining tour dates, and will still be working on and releasing their 5th album. Best of luck to Zayn as he strives to live a more private lifestyle. Pictured here, Zayn attended the American Music Awards held at NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, California on November 23, 2014.