20 Perfect Zayn Malik Pics To Ease The Pain Of His Departure From One Direction

Zayn Malik Leaves One Direction
Zayn Malik said goodbye to One Direction. Read the heartthrob's official statement.

Zayn Malik shocked the world today (March 25) by announcing his departure from One Direction. “After five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band,” the heartthrob wrote in a statement. “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.” Fair enough.

While it’s a bitter pill to swallow for 1D fans, the band has vowed to carry on and Zayn was recently spotted in the studio with Naughty Boy — so a solo release isn’t out of the question. It’s time to stop ugly crying while blasting “What Makes You Beautiful” on repeat and remember the good times. Here’s a gallery of the singer’s best Instagram pics during his time in One Direction to help ease the pain. Stay strong and get clicking up top.

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