Cue the tears, Zayn Malik Has Left 1D


Directioners worldwide were left heartbroken as Zayn Malik has announced his shock decision to leave One Direction.

The chart-topping boyband have been going strong since they won X Factor in 2010, but Zayn has decided to quit life in the spotlight to be a "normal 22-year-old".

The star apologised to his fans writing in a statement posted on the bands Facebook page: "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."

But not to worry, Niall, Harry, Liam and Louis will continue as a four-piece touring the world and finishing off their fifth album (phew!)

And he definitely didn't leave 'til he'd finished stealing every piece of our hearts - we've rounded up the 5 things we'll miss about Zayn Malik:


1. That cheeky smile


2. His bad boy edge
"I'm a bit of a bad boy. I have tattoos and I mess around. That's part of my image, so it's cool."


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3. When he stares into our eyes and reaches those high notes


4. That incredible quiff


5. And of course, those puppy dog eyes...


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Hang in there Directioners, there's always hope of him going solo.