Zayn Malik leaves One Direction

Zayn Malik has left One Direction, the band has said in a statement.

1D will continue as a four-piece for their world tour and will still record their fifth album later this year.

Zayn 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."

The remaining members of One Direction said: "We're really sad to see Zayn go, but we totally respect his decision and send him all our love for the future."

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