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Zayn Malik leaves One Direction

Whether you are a fan or not, you surely have heard about the latest news that is causing absolute mayhem on all social networks. The UK boy band, One Direction, is one member short with Zayn Malik leaving the group.

On their Facebook page, the group posted their official statement regarding Zayn’s departure. There were direct quotations from the band themselves, Zayn, and Simon Cowell, whose label they signed with. The band confirmed that they will be continuing as a group, finishing off their tour and later recording another album.

It appears that each party is being respected for their decision as they promise their friendship will not be impacted. It was also stated that Zayn is looking to live a more “normal” life as a twenty-two year old without the pressure of being under the spotlight constantly. (Which is certainly understandable!)

However, the opposite can be said for the avid fans of the group as many have expressed their very drastic reactions. Many claim that Zayn has “betrayed” them with his “selfish” behaviour. Beyond ridiculous! It is tremendously difficult to live with the pressures and expectations of everyone, especially at such young age. If he felt this was the right choice, which I am sure the decision was not made lightly, then so be it. At the end of the day, you need to be happy with what you do and realize that you are not living for anyone else’s approval. I think it is commendable to give yourself the opportunity and time to reflect on what it is that you need to feel satisfied. After all, you are the one who is directly impacted by your own actions.

We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours and look forward to see One Direction move forward as well.

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