It’s bye, bye, bye for Zayn.

After five years, Zayn Malik has officially left UK X Factor’s boy band One Direction. The news comes just days after Zayn decided to leave the band’s tour due to “stress.”

Last week, the pressure of the media apparently got the best of Zayn as he left the band’s current On the Road Again Tour. He had a scandal that involved him cheating on his current girlfriend, Perrie Edwards from Little Mix. Zayn took to Twitter to respond to the allegations:

This could have been just a cover up for him really wanting to leave the band.

Today, One Direction released an official statement to fans regarding Zayn and his departure on Facebook.

After five incredible years Zayn Malik has decided to leave One
Direction. Niall, Harry, Liam and Louis will continue as a four-piece and look forward to the forthcoming concerts of their world tour and recording their fifth album, due to be released later this year.

You can read the full statement here. One Direction will now be a quartet and attempt to continue with their worldwide musical career.

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Is this the end for One Direction?