Zayn Malik has left One Direction

One Direction are to become a four piece band after singer Zayn Malik quits.

Speculation was rife about Zayn’s position in the group after no-shows at their tour reportedly due to stress, but now an official announcement has finally been made on the band’s Facebook page.

Malik 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 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’d like to apologise to the fans if I’ve let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right.”

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