Fans of One Directioner Zayn Malik are certain to be heartbroken as the young singing star has formally announced his departure from the band. The reason given by Malik is the desire to lead a normal life like any other person of his age, instead of having to battle the anxieties that come with his superstar profession. The decision probably was what he arrived at after pictures emerged recently of him partying with another woman in Thailand, leading him to drop out of the much touted Asian tour.

In a statement on the official Facebook Page for One Direction, Zayn mentioned that, “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”.

Malik, who has attained much glory at such a young age, is presently engaged to Perrie Edwards who is associated with the band Little Mix. The remaining members of the band are heartbroken to see him go but shall continue with their tour as usual, saying that, "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,"