Sorry “One Direction” fans, we previously told you that Dne Direction may be heading for a split, well this is the first sign. Zayn Malik has confirmed his breakup from the popular boy band, one direction to embark on a solo career.
He announced his quit yesterday after being with the chart-topping boyband for five years. He says he wants to be a normal 22-year-old out of the spotlight.’
He also rubbished reports of a rift between bandmates Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Niall Horan, claiming they were now ‘in it for the longhaul’ and also said his fiancée, Perrie Edwards ‘supported’ his decision.
According to The Sun UK, whom Zayn spoke with six hours after saying that he wanted to be ‘out of the spotlight’, Zayn confirmed that his plan was to: ‘Be myself for a bit. Write and relax and chill.’
The singer added that he had ‘never felt more in control in my life’ and was seen hitting the recording studio in London the very next day, with reports that he’s already working on his first solo release with Naughty Boy, a chart topping music producer.
Zayn previously claimed that he wanted to spend time being ‘normal’ but later said that he stayed with the band for his fans: ‘You know, I did try to do something that I wasn’t happy doing for a while, for the sake of maybe other people’s happiness. And that was mainly the fans.’
The split evidently came as a huge shock to the other 1D boys, as Harry was filmed breaking down in tears on stage on Wednesday’s night in Jakarta as they continued the On The Road Again tour without their fifth member.
But Zayn insisted that there were no hard feelings with his bandmates, adding that rumours of a rift similar to that of Take That with Robbie Williams or The Spice Girls with Geri Halliwell, ‘couldn’t be more wrong.’
He said: ‘That’s why it’s been really good for me, because I feel it’s been a bit different to when other bands have broken up or when a member’s left or whatever. My band has been really supportive. They’ve been really cool about it. And they understand that it’s not real to me any more.