One Direction's Zayn Malik officially leaves the band

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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.

After five incredible years Zayn Malik has decided to leave OneDirection. Niall, Harry, Liam and Louis will continue as...
Posted by One Direction on Wednesday, March 25, 2015

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