ENGLAND (KRON) — British boy band “One Direction” says that Zayn Malik has left the group.
The message was posted on the group’s Facebook page around 9:45 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Within the post, Zayn offered these comments.
“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.”
Seconds after the post, fans took to the group’s page, commenting on the announcement.
Within minutes, there were almost 9,000 comments and 18,000 likes.
The remaining members voiced their sadness.
“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.”