Last week, One Direction member Zayn Malik announced his departure from the British boy band, turning the five-man band into a somber foursome. Since the announcement Zayn has only done one interview with The Sun in which he explains his reasoning for leaving the band:
“You know, I did try to do something that I wasn't happy doing for a while, for the sake of maybe other people's happiness. And that was mainly the fans. I only ever tried to do it for the fans, and it was only ever for them. And basically, I'm only upset cause I feel like I may have let them down in some sort of way."
Days after the release, Zayn was seen at a recording studio sparking rumors of a potential solo career in the making.
Many fans have taken to social media (myself included) to express their disappointment and anger, but also their support for the young artist’s decision. However, the remaining band members Harry, Liam, Louis, and Niall have assured the fans that they will continue on as One Direction.
But hey, there may still be hope for us boy band lovers. Ringo Starr left The Beatles only to return a few months later. It’s a stretch, but it’s one I’m willing to hold on to.
All in all, what’s important is Zayn’s overall health and well-being. He’s still young and has a full life ahead of him and honestly if he wants to live a different life he doesn’t really owe anybody any justification. I mean having frantic screaming girls follow you around for 5 years has to be extremely exhausting so really who could blame the guy?
I don’t think anyone could have said it better than Gabriella Montez in High School Musical 2. Sometimes you gotta go your own way.