After dropping out of One Direction's current tour this week, it seems that Zayn Malik has actually quit the boy band for good. Announced earlier today, Zayn has left the band, and One Direction will continue on as a four member group with no intention of filling up that fifth spot.
Zayn has been engaged to Little Mix pop star Perrie Edwards for nearly two years, and recently got caught up in an alleged cheating scandal with another woman while on tour. The stress involved in the scandal enticed him to leave the One Direction tour, but were we really expecting him to leave the band?!
In a statement posted on One Direction's official Facebook, Zayn writes:
"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."
Love 'em or hate 'em, it's hard to see an original band member leave ANY group! So, in honor of Zayn, here's a super sad One Direction song. Good luck, Zayn!