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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.

Zayn says: "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 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."

One Direction say: "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 says: "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."

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*Tim
QUOTE
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.
Zayn says: "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 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."

One Direction say: "We're really sad to see Zayn go, but we totallyrespect 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 says: "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."


I always thought it'd be Harry to call it a day
Sailor Steve
Oh gosh! ohmy.gif I wasn't expecting it so soon! Kinda gutted even if Zayn wasn't exactly my fave member but really pleased that 1D will be carrying on regardless. I hope they can overcome it and not do an S Club sad.gif
*Tim
Bitch you stealing my thread.

But just as I started to warm towards them one of the decides to call it a day drama.gif
I always thought it'd be Harry or possibly Liam
gooddelta
Wow ohmy.gif Very Geri.
Calum
Ugh. sad.gif It really isn't the same band any more.

Legit considering selling my tour tickets.
Wall
A lot of people will no doubt be annoyed at him but that's the poor deluded fan girls.

I feel incredibly sorry for him. I remember seeing him during X-Factor and he was by far the most nervous and worried regarding the fame and I guess it just got a bit too much for him and I respect him an incredible amount for putting his mental state first.

It will be interesting to see how popular One Direction remain as they could decrease a little in popularity with Zayn leaving but i'm guessing the door is open for him to return in the future?

Although it's very fitting that his final album with One Direction was 'Four' kink.gif
Maurice!
Wow Joseph and i discussed this this afternoon and now it happened!

Calum we will be here for you in this difficult time happy.gif
Calum
Actually breaking down rn.
Klimawechsel
GOLLY. ohmy.gif

Should've seen it coming with him leaving their world tour early too...
Sailor Steve
QUOTE(*Tim @ Mar 25 2015, 04:35 PM) *
Bitch you stealing my thread.

But just as I started to warm towards them one of the decides to call it a day drama.gif
I always thought it'd be Harry or possibly Liam


I was always quite sure that if anyone left, it would be Zayn! Harry and Liam are really dedicated to the group, you can tell on stage.
Maurice!
This feels like May 1998 tbh mixed feelings rn.
April
I just saw this on my Twitter feed, I thought it was a joke at first. ohmy.gif I wonder where the band will go from here now? Surely their days are numbered now, like what happened to Spice Girls.
*Tim
QUOTE(JosephStyles @ Mar 25 2015, 05:40 PM) *
I was always quite sure that if anyone left, it would be Zayn! Harry and Liam are really dedicated to the group, you can tell on stage.

Hmmm it seemed like Harry had more solo aspiration than the others, hence that's why I figured he'd be the first
Ryan.
Oh dear, I did think they only had one or two albums left in them - I wouldn't be surprised with a final studio album or maybe just a Greatest Hits album at the end of this year and that'll be it.

I always thought Harry was most likely to be the first leaver too, so for it to be Zayn is quite a surprise although considering his stress he's probably made the decision for his mental health which has to come first.
Liаm
I always felt like it would be Zayn to leave, for sure. Especially with the tour saga. Can't say I'm his biggest fan but it's a blow to any group for them to lose a member like this...
April
QUOTE(*Tim @ Mar 25 2015, 04:42 PM) *
Hmmm it seemed like Harry had more solo aspiration than the others, hence that's why I figured he'd be the first


I agree. For some reason I always thought Harry and Liam would have a Robbie and Gary Borelow style tiff, with Harry leaving for a solo career.
Jade
Oh gosh! I'd heard the news reports, what with the girl he was spotted with and the likes over the past week, but I didn't think he'd actually leave so soon! ohmy.gif I hope the fans will be supportive, as he'll be in a better place mentally and that's all that should matter. I wonder how much milage 1D will still have?

Iz~
I knew this day would come.

party2.gif

Beginning of the end, guys.

But in all seriousness, fair play to him for stepping out because he clearly wants to, I doubt it'll change the band's music much and if anything in the short-term there will be initial interest in how the rest will go on as a four-piece. He's always looked the most nervous with the fame.
Calum
I honestly can't see them lasting past the next album (if they can even reach that stage). You can just tell Harry's ready for a solo career.

I'm so sad. cry.gif
AdamAloud
Such a shame to see my favourite member leave, but he obviously feels it was the right time/decision to make. To me Zayn and Harry were One Direction, much in the way Nadine and Cheryl were Girls Aloud so it will be interesting to see how far they can go as a four piece.
*Tim
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FOUR indeed


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Danny
Harry will have his first solo single out by this time next year.
Medellíam
Why is he apologising for potentially letting fans down by leaving? If fans think that, then they need to get the f*ck over themselves.

It never really crossed my mind that a member would leave; I just assumed they'd always come to a mutual decision to split. I'm not bothered myself but, in terms of entertainment news, this is pretty damn big!
J▲hq
I'm not overly bothered by it all really because being honest, he was always my 5th favourite (or 4th at best)..

More interested in seeing where it all goes from here.
Cameron
ohmy.gif Must say I am shocked with this! Zayn is easily my favourite voice in the band along with Liam (even though I only like SOML laugh.gif )

I can see Zayn and Perrie breaking up now over 'differences' (don't hate me but I still think Little Mix were living off One Directions fame)
Cody Season
I'm really shocked that this came by so soon but can't say that I'm surprised that he was the first to walk out, especially with him being on tabloid after tabloid at home.

Even more interesting is that a news show in the Philippines deliberately left Zayn off and I thought "It's gonna be all downhill from here..."

In lighter news, I'm soooo excited for what it means for Zayn and his music!
Calum
If I'm totally honest, I wouldn't be at all surprised to see Louis cave in a few months...
Calum
QUOTE(Cody Slayberry @ Mar 25 2015, 05:53 PM) *
In lighter news, I'm soooo excited for what it means for Zayn and his music!

Definitely! Looking forward to seeing how he aligns himself for a solo career. I'm glad some people on Twitter are seeing it like that too, which is unusual (kink.gif).
Rooney
Zayn will stay out of the spotlight for a while now, infact I would expect if he's been allowed out of his contract there's probably some gardening leave.

Massive guilty pleasure, so I can't say I'm not disappointed. He was always the most awkward one with the fame, but yes I do expect they will do the final album, then a Greatest Hits and then call it a day.
G𝓪𝓻y
I'd like to say this is a big shock but I think I saw it coming. He's never really seemed 'comfortable' on the stage and its obvious that the massive press interest got to him.

He will deffo be missed though.
SamJudd
Totally gutted Zayn was one of my fave members after Niall and Liam, will they still be successful as a foursome, I honestly dunno and I got a feeling that this could be the beginning of the end for these boys, this also probably means that there will be no more singles from Four either.

But anyway it's such a shame and good luck to Zayn in the future, but still I'm totally gutted.
Calum
Seeing four of them on an album cover instead of five would just look... strange.

*prays they haven't written too much from the next album so it can be turned into a Greatest Hits*
Seinfeld
QUOTE(Cameron @ Mar 25 2015, 05:50 PM) *
ohmy.gif Must say I am shocked with this! Zayn is easily my favourite voice in the band along with Liam (even though I only like SOML laugh.gif )

I can see Zayn and Perrie breaking up now over 'differences'(don't hate me but I still think Little Mix were living off One Directions fame)


Absolute bullshit. The 1D connection has done more harm than good to Little Mix.
Umi
QUOTE(OutstandingMixer @ Mar 25 2015, 08:08 PM) *
Absolute bullshit. The 1D connection has done more harm than good to Little Mix.

How? It reminds people they exist.

Really quite sad about Zayn leaving, I did expect things would come to an end soon-ish but I certainly didn't want it. I don't think the end of their careers will come about much quicker as a result of this but still, I am curious as to how their next album and the inevitable GH go. Will they ever reunite? Who knows.
Jay ☆
A sad situation. I hope Zayn is feeling ok and is totally at ease with the decision he's made. Hopefully he relaxes & may consider a solo career in the future.

A blow for 1D but I think many of us saw this coming, sadly. Perhaps not THIS soon though. ohmy.gif
Rooney
I bet the girl who sold her story about her time with Zayn is regretting it now. Bet she's got some angry 1D fans abusing her right now.
Calum
She's brave if she thinks about stepping outside in the foreseeable future. heehee.gif
Cameron
QUOTE(OutstandingMixer @ Mar 25 2015, 08:08 PM) *
Absolute bullshit. The 1D connection has done more harm than good to Little Mix.


That is your opinion and I have mine laugh.gif to be honest without Zayn I don't think Little Mix would have as much success worldwide as they do. But like I still think they would have their UK success if that makes sense?
Jonjo
I'm not sure tbh. I don't think it'll make any difference. They appeal to a similar target audience, except 1D obviously had more appeal due to being boys that 11 year old girls could crush on etc... I don't think it'll hurt or further Little Mix from where they are now tbh.
Calum
I see Cameron's point. I definitely think Zayn's relationship with Perrie has an impact on how talked about the group are in general when they're not releasing music. Because really, would their names be out there that much at all between albums if it weren't for the media reporting on Zayn's relationship with 'one quarter of Little Mix'?
sajjadali
WOW.

I actually gasped out loud when i saw this.

I think he's crazy. There's people out there wanting to be big and they'd love to be in his position. One Direction has turned out to be a perfect worldwide brand.

The minute Liam put his hand on the picture i figured it out.

This is how i think it all went.
1. 1D split in to writing teams to write for 'Four'. Zayn writes with Naughty Boy. The song he puts there is rejected for 1D. He is not happy.
2. Simon Cowell does a weird interview a few weeks back - welcoming all members to be able to do things outside the band - quite random?
3. Announced that Zayn's song will be on the new Naughty Boy album on his own...abit weird.
4. Zayn walks out half way during concert. Cheating claims. Stress? Leaves world wide tour half way. Tantrum. Shockingly not one 1D member tweets any support for him. Decides to leave. They try to stop him to no avail. Announcement.

I do think he also realises that if the band splits whenever it does...he'd go on to basically nothing being one of the least known (well after Louis and Liam of course ha ha) this way he gets this big deal. Stress, public break, relax yeah right - i predict debut single end of this year smile.gif

I've always said even if the most useless member of a band leaves (Ahem like Howard Donald or Jason Orange) it affects the band no matter what. There is still appeal for 1D, i doubt they'd flop but it will have a decline no matter what. No matter who leaves it affects the brand. Wern't they gonna get a big pay day if they stay together a number of years? The others will be pissed. The first one to go solo always does the best...!

Can you imagine the big comeback in a few years time world wide with Zayn (Take That Progress Level x 100) bet they can tongue.gif that's the backup.

Now Cue 1D to release Spice Girls' 'Forever'
Calum
I just think they're all in very different places with regards to where they want to be and what style they want to follow musically. Obviously the stuff Zayn wrote with Naughty Boy didn't surface because Syco are still hooked on the thought that what they've been recording will work forever more. Liam's doing dance remixes, I'm fairly sure Harry's solo sound wouldn't be too far away from what One Direction are doing at the moment, but a little different I'd imagine. Lord knows what Niall and Louis would end up doing.

I'd say if Zayn sticks with Naughty Boy and gets a few features under his belt, he could have a very successful solo career ahead of him.
Sailor Steve
I'm not sure if Zayn wants a particularly successful solo career, at least not in terms of loads of chart smashes and that kinda thing. Seems to me as if he wants to step out of the limelight entirely for a bit, I don't blame him either because it must be so hard to have the rabid fans and the press in your face the whole time. I can see him working on his own thing but not sure he'll be making a bid for the chart any time soon.

The news hasn't quite sunk in yet for me. I saw Zayn leaving and called it a while back (although I thought it was more "if" then "when"), but what feels odd to me is a four-piece 1D laugh.gif They look good as a four-piece but it just feels kinda strange for now.
AdamAloud
It will be interesting to see how the band continues as a four piece, once the 5th album comes around.

Obviously a 3rd single from 'Four' is a no go now. I wonder how long Zayn leaving has been going on behind the scenes.
Maurice!
I think it will be quite interesting to see in what musical direction the four piece will go, i don't think they will change the direction that much with Liam/Louis still on board as writers but i would be interesting to see them work with different producers than Midnight Memories/Four. That's what i also wanted to hear from them if Zayn stayed. Vocally the band will change and they definitely need more rehearsals than they did in February before they start in June again.
Mack.
I wouldn't be surprised if they announced that they are splitting up during a live X Factor performance possibly.

Very interesting what will happen on the rest of the world tour.

Maurice!
Louis reaction on twitter:
Louis Tomlinson @Louis_Tomlinson
Been a crazy couple of days but know that we are going to work harder than ever to deliver the best album we've ever made for you guys !

Louis Tomlinson @Louis_Tomlinson
Your support has been incredible , truly incredible so thank you so much !
Calum
Yeah, it's still not sunk in for me... I just don't know. cry.gif
J▲hq
QUOTE(Maurice Horan @ Mar 26 2015, 09:16 AM) *
Vocally the band will change and they definitely need more rehearsals than they did in February before they start in June again.


More solos for Niall cheer.gif More for Louis too nocheer.gif

The interest in the first single without Zayn will be big. I think I'm even more excited for the tour as well now, not in a 'yay Zayn has gone' sense but more out of intrigue about what it's like without him
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