Zayn Malik just quit One Direction

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First Posted: 3/25/2015

Zayn Malik has officially quit One Direction. This news couldn’t come at a worse time for 1D fans, as they’re in the middle of a huge world tour right now.

A statement released today on behalf of the internationally successful band said: “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.”

Cue sad girls all around the world.

Susanna David, a student at The University of Scranton, isn’t taking the news too well. “I feel too heartbroken and nauseous to go to class. Yes, I’m 23 and I may have shed a tear about Zayn leaving in the library. I’m not ashamed.” says David.

Simon Cowell, who formed One Direction, said in a statement: “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 assure that Niall, Liam, Harry and Louis are hugely excited for the future of the band.”

Just a few days ago, it was announced that Malik was taking a break from the tour until sometime in May to deal with stress following rumors that he was cheating on his fiancee — but now that decision just went from temporary to final.