One Direction? The highs and lows of Zayn Malik's life so far

Zayn Malik

Since finding fame on the X Factor, Zayn Malik has experienced highs and lows in his personal life and career.

On Wednesday it was announced that he was quitting One Direction.

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."

One Direction have confirmed they will continue as a four-piece.

Zayn's highs and lows

August 2010: Zayn joins One Direction with Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson on ITV's X Factor.

December 2010: One Direction come third in the X Factor final behind Matt Cardle and Rebecca Ferguson, who he later dates.

One Direction on the red carpet
Image caption In the early days at a red carpet event in 2010 shortly after they came third in The X Factor

July 2011: A three month relationship with Rebecca comes to an end.

September 2011: One Direction were number one in the Official Singles Chart with What Makes You Beautiful.

March 2012: Zayn begins dating Perrie and they get engaged in August 2013.

Perrie Edwards and Zayn Malik
Image caption Perrie and Zayn have been a couple for three years

August 2012: The singer quits Twitter after receiving abuse. He returns to the social media site two days later.

September 2012: A YouTube video makes its way onto the internet, apparently showing One Direction sneaking girls past security into a hotel room.

Zayn Malik tweet
Image caption Zayn's tweet on Wednesday - a day before he quit the tour in Thailand

February 2013: Fuzzy quality photographs of Zayn emerge of him with a stripper.

May 2014: A video goes viral, appearing to show Zayn, along with Louis, smoking marijuana in Peru.

September 2014: One Direction make history as the first UK act to have their first three albums debut at number one in the US.

March 2015: Photographs appear on social media of Zayn in Thailand, looking like he is holding hands with a blonde woman. He flies home after denying on Twitter that he's having an affair. The singer then leaves the On The Road Tour because of stress.

25 March 2015: Zayn Malik announces in a statement he is leaving the band.

He 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."

25 March 2015: One Direction also confirms in a statement the group will continue as a four-piece.

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