Zayn Malik has quit One Direction, the band have confirmed in a statement. 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’d like to apologise to the fans if I’ve let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right.”
One Direction will continue their world tour as a four piece and record a fifth album later this year. Last week, Malik walked away from the band’s world tour last week after being signed off with stress. He returned to the UK shortly after being forced to defend his relationship with his fiancee, Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards. A photo had earlier emerged of him holding another woman around the waist. A second photo, taken from behind, showed Malik standing close to the woman. Their hands and arms looked as though they were linked.
In a statement, the rest of the group said: “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, who discovered the boyband on talent show The X Factor, said: “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.”
Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson signed with Simon Cowell’s record label Syco Records in 2010 after finishing third on The X Factor.
One Direction Star Liam Payne Has Attempted To “Lighten The Mood” After Zayn Malik’s Shock Exit From The Group’s World Tour By Posting A Comedy Video Of His Bandmate Niall Horan On His Instagram.
Fans of the band were left reeling on Thursday (19Mar15) when Malik walked off the group’s global trek and flew back to his native Britain to deal with “stress”.
Payne has now attempted to cheer up the One Direction‘s fans by creating a humorous video with Horan, who is seen dressed as an old man, talking at the camera and then shuffling out of the room.
The footage, which was posted on Payne’s Instagram page, shows Horan wearing a flat cap, wig and spectacles, staggering along with a walking stick as he talks in a heavy Irish accent, prompting giggles from those around him.
We hate having to sit through loads of commercials while we’re trying to watch TV, although if they starred One Direction, it would be a different story…
Well, for some very lucky viewers in Thailand, that fantasy has come true!
In a new promotional clip for the Toyota Vios, we see the boys head out on a road trip together, set to the tune of “Girl Almighty”.
Check out the video below:
In the video, Niall drives the car with Liam also up front, and Zayn, Harry and Louis all in the back. However, the boys can’t all have a laugh together for long – shortly after, poor Niall is left alone when the rest of the band fall asleep!
What do you think of the new advert?
The single lads in One Direction (Niall and Harry) have been linked to a string of supposed celeb romances. And if we’re being honest, only about 3% of those rumoured romances were ever true.
In fact, we’re not sure if Niall has ever actually dated anyone, as he’s only ever been seen being friendly with his lady friends.
The latest apparent ‘girlfriend’ has been Australian singer Samantha Jade, who supported the boys on their On The Road Again tour in Aus.
However, she has denied rumours that she’s ever dated Nialler, telling Daily Mail Australia at the ASTRA Awards last night: “Me and Niall are good friends.
“I’ve been getting a lot of calls from my female friends saying “Oh my God, tell me stories! Tell me stories!” We were working so there’s not many crazy stories. They were lovely,” she added.
Although Samantha Jade isn’t looking for a relationship just yet, she admitted that if someone was to cross her path (e.g. Niall), she wouldn’t turn it down.
She said: “I’m focused on my career but if something came along I wouldn’t say no to something. I’m not exactly looking, I’m not exactly looking, I’m not not looking, I’m just going with the flow.”
Who knows, maybe if Niall made the first move there could be something in it.
We really don’t want the boys to split up, why would we?!
Simon Cowell is another one of us who doesn’t want that to happen, but he has however been advising the boys to work on separate things away from each other.
With the boys already doing a variety of things such as Harry writing for Ariana Grande, Zayn recording a guest spot on Naughty Boy’s album and Liam doing some awesome remixes, it seems Simon won’t have to give them much encouragement!
“We’ve said to all the boys in the group, all of you should do other things,” Simon Cowell told The Sun.
“If you want to work with me, do some stuff on your own, they should be allowed to do whatever they want.”
With recent rumours that Louis Tomlinson was set to become a new talent scout for Simon’s company, he added: “I love the fact that Louis wants to do something with me, but I’m doing stuff with all the boys.”
As long as the boys keep working together as well, and give us an incredible fifth album, we’re happy!
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