The fifth member of One Direction, Zayn Malik, who failed to grace us with his presence at the recently concluded two-day Manila stop of their On The Road Again Tour last weekend, is officially leaving the band.
We're still trying to get over his absence, but now he's breaking hearts all over world again as the band’s official Facebook page released statements from Zayn, Harry, Niall, Liam, Louis, and mentor Simon Cowell, confirming the split.
Zayn: "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 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. I know I have four friends for life in Louis, Liam, Harry and Niall. I know they will continue to be the best band in the world."
One Direction: "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. We're looking forward to recording the new album and seeing all the fans on the next stage of the world tour."
Simon Cowell: "I would like to say thank you to 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."
We're still hoping he'll change his mind, but do you guys think they should change their name, or maybe even find a replacement? Tweet us what you think @stylebibleph
Main image from One Direction official Facebook Page