Celebrity Manchester United fan Zayn Malik has announced that he is to depart from superstar band One Direction after enjoying five successful years alongside his former X Factor contestants.
Since they were put together on the UK talent show, Zayn, alongside Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson, have gone on to conquer the world.
Despite finishing as runners up, the boyband is by far the most successful act to have come from the X Factor show and manager Simon Cowell will certainly be feeling a little uneasy should this be the beginning of the end for his group.
“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,” Zayn explained (via Billboard).
“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.”
Just what the future holds for both the boyband and Zayn remains to be seen, but fans across the globe will certainly be mourning his decision to extricate himself from One Direction.
Here is the moment we found out Zayn was a Red Devil: