Zayn Malik leaves One Direction, but band goes on

ZAYN Malik has left One Direction, the band said in a statement today.

Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Harry Styles of One Direction. Picture: PA

They said they would continue as a four-piece for their world tour and record another album - their fifth - later this year.

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.

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



Zayn Malik, left, playing at Glasgow Green last year. Picture: Lisa Ferguson