Zayn Malik officially leaves One Direction

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Zayn Malik Quits One Direction: 'I Want to Be a Normal 22-Year-Old'


That sound you just heard? Was the collective sobs of every teenage girl alive.

Just a week after leaving the One Direction tour due to "stress," Zayn Malik has officially left the band. "After five incredible years Zayn Malik has decided to leave One Direction," the band said in a statement on their Facebook.

Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, and Louis Tomlinson will continue 1D as a four-piece and they "look forward to the forthcoming concerts of their world tour and recording their fifth album, due to be released later this year," the statement said.

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"We're really sad to see Zayn go, but we totally respect his decision and send him all our love for the future," Zayn's bandmates say. "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," they promise. "We're looking forward to recording the new album and seeing all the fans on the next stage of the world tour."

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LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Zayn Malik attends The Asian Awards 2015 at The Grosvenor House Hotel on April 17, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11: Zayn Malik of One Direction attends the BBC Music Awards at Earl's Court Exhibition Centre on December 11, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Amy Adams' Episode 1672 -- Pictured: (l-r) Amy Adams and One Direction members Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan on December 18, 2014 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Amy Adams' Episode 1672 -- Pictured: (l-r) Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik and Niall Horan of musical guest One Direction perform on December 20, 2014 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0186 -- Pictured: (l-r) One Direction members Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik and Harry Styles during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on December 23, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 12: (L-R) Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles and Liam Payne of One Direction attend the '40 Principales' awards 2014 ceremony on December 12, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11 Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, and Harry Styles of One Direction attends the BBC Music Awards at Earl's Court Exhibition Centre on December 11, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Singers Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles of the group One Direction poses in the 2014 American Music Awards - Press Room at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 12: (L-R) Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan of One Direction perform during the '40 Principales Awards' 2014 Gala at the Palacio de los Deportes on December 12, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Fotonoticias/WireImage)
MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 12: Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles and Liam Payne of One Direction receive their awards at '40 Principales Awards 2014' at Palacio de los Deportes on December 12, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Juan Naharro Gimenez/WireImage)
MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 12: (L-R) Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles and Zayn Malik of One Direction receive an 40 Pricipales Award during attend the '40 Principales' awards 2014 ceremony on December 12, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Amy Adams' Episode 1672 -- Pictured: (l-r) Amy Adams and One Direction members Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan on December 18, 2014 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1649 -- Pictured: (l-r) Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Harry Styles of One Direction, Liam Payne, Paul Rudd, Will Ferrell, David Koechner, Steve Carell -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1649 -- Pictured: (l-r) Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles of One Direction -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1649 -- Pictured: (l-r) Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan of One Direction -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1649 -- Pictured: (l-r) Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan of One Direction -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Harry Styles component from the British band One Direction receives the prize to best music video during the ceremony of the '40 Principales Awards 2014' at Palacio de los Deportes in Madrid, Spain, on Friday, December 12, 2014. (AP Photo / Abraham Caro Marin)
Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles and Zayn Malik, components from the British band One Direction during the ceremony of the '40 Principales Awards 2014' at Palacio de los Deportes in Madrid, Spain, on Friday, December 12, 2014. (AP Photo / Abraham Caro Marin)
Boy band One Direction, from left to right, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, and Harry Styles arrive for the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) awards in Sydney, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Niall Horan, from left, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles, of One Direction, pose in the press room with the awards for artist of the year, favorite pop/rock album for “Midnight Memories” and pop/rock band, duo or group at the 42nd annual American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Niall Horan, from left, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles, of the musical group One Direction, pose in the press room with the awards for artist of the year, favorite pop/rock album for “Midnight Memories” and pop/rock band, duo or group at the 42nd annual American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Harry Styles, from left, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson of the musical group One Direction accept the award for pop/rock band, duo or group on stage at the 42nd annual American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan of One Direction appear on NBC's Today Show to release their new album 'Four' at Universal City Walk At Universal Orlando on November 17, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Daly/Invision/AP)
Britain's Kate, Duchess of Cambridge shakes hands with Harry Styles of the boy band One Direction at the Royal Variety Performance, in support of the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund, at the Palladium Theatre in London, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Yui Mok, pool)
One Direction's Harry Styles arrives with bandmates to the iHeartRadio Music Festival, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Andrew Estey/Invision/AP)
From left, One direction band members Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Niall Horan accept the Global Success award onstage at the BRIT Awards 2014 at the O2 Arena in London on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)
British band One Direction, from left, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, and Louis Tomlinson arrive at the BRIT Awards 2014 at the O2 Arena in London on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
One Direction members, from left, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne perform on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
FILE - This Nov. 26, 2013 file photo shows One Direction members, from left, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik and Niall Horan on ABC's "Good Morning America"in New York. A representative for One Direction says the band’s lawyers are dealing with a video showing two band members smoking what the singers referred to as an “illegal substance.” British tabloid The Daily Mail posted a five-minute clip Tuesday, May 27, 2014, of Zayn Malik smoking and speaking with Louis Tomlinson, who is filming. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
One Direction members, from left, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik and Niall Horan, pose for photos during an event for their film "One Direction: This Is US," in Makuhari, near Tokyo, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11: (SUN NEWSPAPER OUT. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE J. HOGAN GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED) Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik of One Direction attend the BBC Music Awards at Earl's Court Exhibition Centre on December 11, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan of One Direction appear on NBC's Today Show to release their new album 'Four' at Universal City Walk At Universal Orlando on November 17, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Daly/Invision/AP)
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As for Zayn, he explains, "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."

He continued, "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."

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The past year hasn't been easy for Zayn, who recently fought rumors that he cheated on his girlfriend, Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards (he denies it), has dropped out of multiple shows after "falling ill," and has had to fight rumors of 'substance abuse' from tabloids and Matt Lauer alike.

One Direction got their start on the U.K. version of X-Factor. Simon Cowell, who discovered the band, says of Zayn's departure: "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."

Cowell continues, "As for One Direction, fans can rest assured that Niall, Liam, Harry and Louis are hugely excited about the future of the band."

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