News is breaking that One Direction’s Zayn Malik has left the group.
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.
“I’d like to apologise to the fans if I’ve let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right.”
The BBC reports that One Direction will continue touring the world as a four piece, and record their 5th album later this year. As reported last week, Malik walked away from the band’s world tour, sighting stress as his reason. He then returned to The UK to defend his relationship with fiancee Perrie Edwards, of pop group Little Mix.
Malik is facing growing cheating rumors after photos of him with another woman surfaced showing the their arms and hands linked implying the possibility of more.
In a statement, the rest of the group said: “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.”