Zayn Malik has quit One Direction it has been confirmed today – the band have released a statement.
Zayn Malk has now confirmed he has come to a decision to leave the band permanently after quitting the ‘On The Road Again’ tour last week due to ‘stress’.
Zayn said in a statement: “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.”
The four remaining members of One Direction said: “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.”
Simon Cowell said: “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.”