Breaking: Zayn Malik is Leaving One Direction

One Direction is down one member!

Following weeks of rumors, Zayn Malik announced the sad news today via Facebook: "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."

The remaining 1D members, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson, supported Zayn by posting, "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."

The group will continue along their world tour without Zayn and have plans to record a fifth album as a four-some.