Zayn Malik has quit One Direction after five years.
According to 1D's statement posted on its Facebook page, Zayn left One Direction because he wants “to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time.”
As a result, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson will continue as a four-piece band.
This development comes just days after Niall, Harry, Liam and Louis performed live in Manila as part of their On The Road Again world tour.
The four members of 1D performed in the Philippines for the first time at the Mall of Asia Concert Grounds last weekend.
(View photos: One Direction Manila concert highlights)
Here is the full statement issued by One Direction:
"After five incredible years Zayn Malik has decided to leave One Direction.
"Niall, Harry, Liam and Louis will continue as a four-piece and look forward to the forthcoming concerts of their world tour and recording their fifth album, due to be released later this year.
"Zayn says: "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."
"One Direction say: "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 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."
Last week, Zayn Malik left the Asian leg of One Direction's On the Road Again World Tour due to "stress."
He took time off to patch things up with his fiancee Perrie Edwards after pictures surfaced of Zayn getting too comfortable with a One Direction fan in Thailand.
(Read: Zayn Malik leaves One Direction's world tour due to "stress")
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by posted on March 26, 2015