After days of speculation since his leaving the Asian leg of One Direction’s world tour, Zayn Malik has finally confirmed of his officially leaving the band through a collective official statement via Facebook with his One Direction band mates and mentor Simon Cowell. Read on for more details.
On Wednesday afternoon, March 25, One Direction released an official statement on their Facebook page, regretfully announcing that Malik will be officially leaving the band after five years with his friends. In his part of the statement, Malik apologized to their many fans for his leaving. He also admitted of his desire for privacy. It was rather expectedly and heavily invaded during the last few years as a celebrity. In conclusion, he wishes his former band mates all the best and they are all still very good friends.
Malik’s leaving the band apparently was started by rumours of him cheating on his fiancée of two years, Perrie Edwards, with a girl he met in Phuket, Thailand in part of the band’s world tour. In addition to this, he was also often mentioned to be the one among his band mates who is still not used of his life being highlighted under a spotlight.
Upon the news of Malik’s leaving, Peopleschoice.com reported that fans and friends took to social media to express their sadness over the news, though some also mentioned of hoping to see the band work things out and be together as a five-member group again.
The band’s mentor Simon Cowell said thanks to Malik in his statement for being a part of One Direction and of how proud he is after five years of knowing him. He also assured One Direction fans that the other four boys Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan will go on performing for them.
In their statement, the now four-piece group One Direction said of their respecting Malik’s decision and also wish him the best for his future endeavours. As for them, they will continue on with their world tour and the recording of their fifth album which is to be released this year.
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