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One Direction is headed in a new direction.
After he made headlines for leaving their Asia tour due to "stress," Zayn Malik has officially left the band. Zayn and the band have released a statement on their Facebook account on March 25, confirming that he will not be coming back at all.
"My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined," Zayn said in the Facebook post.
"But, after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band. I'd like to apologize to the fans if I've let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right in my heart. 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."
The band notes they will continue on as a "four-piece."
Here's the full statement from One Direction's Facebook page about Zayn Malik leaving the group.