Zayn Malik has parted ways with his singing group One Direction while on their “On the Road Again World Tour”. He flew back to the UK while they were on the tour. The singer released a statement on his exit from the boys band. He said the cause of his departure is due to ”stress” of media speculation on his private life. Zayn Malik during a press statement said;
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 you 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 are an English-Irish pop boy band based in London, comprised of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. The band also released a statement on his exit;
We’re really sad to see Zayn go, but we totally respect his decision and send him all our love for the future.
The last tweet of Zayn Malik‘s twitter account on the 18th March showed the singer had been thinking about his decision for a while before officially announcing his exit from the group. Zayn tweeted;
I’m 22 years old… I love a girl named Perrie Edwards. And there’s a lot of jealous fucks in this world I’m sorry for what it looks like x.
The group is expected to continue their world tour without Zayn Malik. Their fifth album is also expected to drop later this year.