Saying it was "the right time" for the move, Zayn Malik has quit the band One Direction. In an announcement on Facebook and Twitter, the 22-year-old singer said, "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."
One Direction made it Facebook official as well with this statement: