Liam Payne: Zayn Malik leaving is strange

2015-03-26 19:00

Los Angeles - Liam Payne admits Zayn Malik leaving One Direction is "strange".

The group stunned fans on Wednesday when they announced the 22-year-old singer - who left their world tour last week due to stress - was quitting for good, and Liam has found the hours surrounding the announcement, including a performance in Jakarta, Indonesia, surreal.

He took to Twitter to share his feelings some time after the show...

Liam's bandmate Harry Styles - who was seen crying on stage during their first concert without Zayn - used his social networking account to thank fans for their support.

Meanwhile, the Little Things group's record company boss, Simon Cowell - who formed the band on The X Factor in 2010 - has also thanked fans for their support and reassured them the band will go on to enjoy "great" things as a four-piece.

Zayn announced he had quit the boy band - which also includes Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan - to lead a "normal" life out of the spotlight.

In a statement, he said: "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." publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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