Say it ain’t so: Zayn Malik is officially leaving One Direction

We give you photos that will remind you of happier times.


( It’s a sad day for One Direction fans everywhere. After five years and four albums, Zayn Malik has announced he is officially leaving the boy band. If you were hoping he’d go the Justin Timberlake route, it looks like he isn’t releasing a solo album any time soon. His full statement reads as follows:


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.


The rest of One Direction have also released a statement:


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.


And just because it’s Thursday, here are five (somewhat) throwback photos of Zayn goofing off with One Direction during happier times.



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