While everyone was trying to figure out who One Direction’s “Justin” was, we really should have figured out who the Ginger Spice is. Well, as it turns out: it’s the quiet brooding one-Zayn. In case you don’t get the reference, Ginger Spice left the group on May 31, 1998 – a day that will live in infamy. The released one last album before splitting up as a group in December 2000.
Yesterday, it was announced to the world that Zayn Malik would be leaving One Direction after announcing that he would be leaving their tour to deal with stress. Here is the statement made on One Direction’s 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.
Zayn says: “My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined. 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. 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.”
One Direction say: “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.”
Simon Cowell says: “I would like to say thank you to Zayn for everything he has done for One Direction. Since I first met Zayn in 2010, I have grown very, very fond – and immensely proud – of him. I have seen him grow in confidence and I am truly sorry to see him leave. As for One Direction, fans can rest assured that Niall, Liam, Harry and Louis are hugely excited about the future of the band.”
Let’s be real for a moment. While I hope that Zayn works through all of his problems, because he looked ill and slightly unhealthy the last few years, I don’t think that he will ever be a normal 22-year old. That boat has sail like a million albums and Twitter followers ago. I think this was a case of too much fame in so little time overwhelmed Zayn to this point.
I hope the best for Zayn. While for One Direction, the end is near for them.