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Zayn Malik Goes In New Direction

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One Direction it-boy parts way with the notable pop group.

Zayn Malik Goes In New Direction

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After five years as part of the pop-sensation boy band One Direction, Zayn Malik is officially calling it quits. After taking a leave of absence, due to stress, from the band's current tour, Malik is now turning it into a permanent decision to leave the band for good.

Though the band, was working on an album, their fifth to be exact, due to be released later in 2015, and still has a tour to go on, they will continue to go on as a four-piece, looking forward to what the future has for them. Niall, Harry, Liam, and Louis, who respect their friends decision, will continue on as One Direction.

The group released a statement via social media below:

Malik has made the decision on his own, and says that this is "the right time for me to leave the band." He sends his apologies to the fans. For his own sake, it was what needed to be done to live as a normal 22-year-old.

The band was formed as a product of the seventh season on The X Factor UK where they came in third place. Despite the fact that they lost, they were shortly signed to Syco Music, and went on to be one of the the biggest pop-based boy bands since the 1990's. 

Simon Cowell, the brains behind the boy band, 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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