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One Direction fans around the world were left heartbroken yesterday when the news broke than Zayn Malik had decided to quite the band. Zayn, who has always been believed to be the most uncomfortable with his fame, issued a statement saying, "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 apologize to the fans if I've let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right." Zayn added that he just wanted to be a normal 22-year-old.
However, it wasn't just Directioners that were left upset over the news. Bandmate Harry Styles was seen visibly crying on stage as he performed with his fellow bandmates Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Liam Payne in Jakarta, as news broke around the world that Zayn had left the group.
While Styles appeared to be struggling to keep his emotions in check, fellow bandmate Louis Tomlinson placed an arm around an invisible Zayn to lighten the mood.
Following the emotional performance, Harry tweeted: "All The Love Always. H."
Now new rumors are swirling that Harry Styles may be the next one to quit the band. E! reports that an insider said, "Harry has told his friends that the wants to get into acting. He loves Los Angeles." Furthermore, the singer who famously dated Taylor Swift has started working on solo music projects.
While Harry appeared to take the news of Zayn's departure hardest, the group issued a statement to confirm they'll be continuing as a four piece, saying "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.”