Zayn Malik is talking about leaving One Direction for the first time in a new interview.
The 22-year-old singer broke his silence to The Sun (via People), confirming that his fiance Perrie Edwards is “very supportive” and that he’s been working on his own music for some time.
Here’s what else Zayn had to share:
On quitting the band: “It is crazy and wild and a bit mad. But at the same time I’ve never felt more in control in my life. And I feel like I’m doing what’s right – right by myself and right by the boys, so I feel good…My band has been really supportive. They’ve been cool about it. And they understand that, you know, it’s not real to me anymore.”
On wanting to leave: “I did try to do something that I wasn’t happy doing for a while, for the sake of other people’s happiness.”
On the Directioners: “I feel like I’ve let the fans down but I can’t do this anymore. It’s not that I’ve turned my back on them or anything, it’s just that I just can’t do that anymore because it’s not the real me.”
WHAT DO YOU THINK of Zayn’s explanations?
Lots of people have been reaching out to Zayn Malik since he left One Direction – but one person in particular is making headlines.
Geri Halliwell was a member of the Spice Girls until 1998, when she left the group suddenly and shocked fans.
“Hello , thinking of you. Hope whatever is going on in your life it’s going well. X” Geri tweeted. Many have speculated that Geri was talking directly to Zayn with this tweet.
Liam Payne has broken his silence on Twitter to write a sincere letter to One Direction fans after Zayn Malik announced he was leaving the band.
Read what the 21-year-old musician wrote on Twitter:
“In light of recent events, I think this is important to say. For the past five years now I’ve been part of something so special I don’t think any of us really understand, something that can mean the world to people and put a smile on the face of our fans even in the darkest times. To a lot of people it’s just a bunch of silly kids in a band but to the people involved it means so much more. this last week has been some of the worst times, possibly the worst it’s something we are all deeply saddened by.”
“It’s sad to think for the time being we won’t grace the stage as five bros, or have the same fun on a tour bus or laughs in a hotel together that we have over the years but I’m super sure us and Zayn will always remain the closest friends. I guess what I’m really trying to sat is it’s far from over. When we very 1st became successful we all agreed that one direction had become much bigger than each individual member that’s why I feel like right now it’s ok to be sad and upset but I do ask everyone who is a fan of us to please keep ur faith in us. I’m sure there’s a lot more to come.
“All love, Liam.”
Nick Jonas has some comforting words for Zayn Malik, after news broke about him leaving One Direction.
The 22-year-old former Jonas Brothers musician spoke to ET about the situation: “It’s a lot of pressure. I think that my situation was really unique, I had family with me. I feel like it is a tough world already, and I was thankful to have family and walk through it with them, but it’s all about how you balance it, and trying to implement a few moments of normalcy and quietness in a really crazy ride.”
Nick added, “I feel for the fans, and totally understand fame as well and what he’s going through, but all the best to all of them.”
Niall Horan has taken to his Twitter account to talk to his fans after Zayn Malik‘s departure from One Direction.
“Been a mad few days and your support has been incredible as per usual ! This in turn Spurs us on to make the best music we possibly can” the 21-year-old singer tweeted to his fans. “Put on great shows / tours for you guys. You are the best fans in the world and you deserve nothing less from us!”
Zayn announced just yesterday that he would be leaving the group – read his statement if you missed it.
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Louis Tomlinson just broke his silence about Zayn Malik‘s sudden exit from their band One Direction.
“Been a crazy couple of days but know that we are going to work harder than ever to deliver the best album we’ve ever made for you guys!” the 23-year-old singer wrote on his Twitter account.
“Your support has been incredible , truly incredible so thank you so much!” he added.
Zayn broke the news yesterday that he would be leaving the band after years together.
Liam Payne finally broke his silence on social media after Zayn Malik left One Direction due to stress and exhaustion.
“So glad to be in bed after a long and strange 24 hours,” the 21-year old singer tweeted on Wednesday evening (March 25).
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In case you missed it, check out what Harry Styles tweeted after the news of Zayn‘s departure broke.
Be sure to see our favorite performances of Zayn when he was still with of One Direction.