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One Direction’s Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson started their journey on the X Factor in 2010 and went on a hiatus in 2016, but when did Zayn leave the band?
Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne came third in the ITV singing competition and went on to have the most successful career as a band, before going on to embark on equally successful solo projects.
Father-to-be Zayn ended up leaving the group while the ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ boys went on to produce music for another year without him, before eventually announcing they would be taking a hiatus in January 2016.
But when did Zayn leave One Direction and why did he make the decision to go solo first?
At the time the boys were on their ‘On the Road Again Tour’ and he pulled out two months in due to stress and anxiety, according to his rep at the time.
His last performance with the 1D boys was in Hong Kong on March 18, 2015.
In an announcement on Facebook, 1D penned a statement which revealed Zayn wanted to leave the band to live a 'normal’ life.
It read: "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.
"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."