Zayn Malik quits One Direction: band will record fifth album without him
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One Direction fans now know the terrible pain we all felt when Geri Halliwell left the Spice Girls. Zayn Malik has officially quit the band following accusations that he cheated on Perrie Edwards in Thailand.
Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Niall Horan and Liam Payne released a statement earlier: "We're really sad to see Zayn go, but we totally respect his decision and send him all our love for the future.
"The past five years have been beyond amazing, we've gone through so much together, so we will always be friends. The four of us will now continue."
They added: "We're looking forward to recording the new album and seeing all the fans on the next stage of the world tour."
Simon Cowell added: "I would like to thank Zayn for everything he has done for One Direction.
"Since I first met Zayn in 2010, I have grown very, very fond – and immensely proud – of him. I have seen him grow in confidence and I am truly sorry to see him leave.
"As for One Direction, fans can rest assured that Niall, Liam, Harry and Louis are hugely excited about the future of the band."
The boys will continue touring and writing material for their upcoming fifth studio album – out later this year.