Harry Styles cries on stage following Zayn Malik's decision to leave One Direction

Meanwhile, Louis Tomlinson gestured towards an imaginary Zayn by reaching out his arm and pretending to drape it around his shoulder

Click to follow
The Independent Online

Twitter was awash with One Direction fans hysterical about the news that Zayn Malik had decided to leave the group for good.

But they weren’t the only ones upset by the event that could have catastrophic consequences for the future of the world’s biggest boyband.

Harry Styles was captured on camera breaking down in tears when he took to the stage with the three remaining band members – Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Liam Payne – in Jakarta as word of Malik’s departure broke across the globe.

harry-styles-2.jpg

harry-styles-1.jpg

Meanwhile, Tomlinson gestured towards an imaginary Zayn by reaching out his arm and pretending to drape it around his shoulder.

In an official statement yesterday, One Direction said: “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.” Zayn declared that he had left the band because he wanted to be a “normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight”.

“My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined,” he said. “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.”

Comments