One Direction’s SA tour will continue despite Zayn’s exit from the group

2015-03-25 21:24

Cape Town – One Direction fans in South Africa can rest assured that the band’s planned tour of Mzansi, this coming weekend, will go ahead as scheduled.

This comes after news broke on Wednesday night that band member, Zayn Malik, will officially be leaving the group.

The 22-year-old singer - who left the group's world tour last week due to stress - has announced he is leaving the band to lead a "normal" life out of the spotlight.

Organisers told Channel24: “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.”

Apologise to the fans:

According to Reuters the decision by Malik to quit came after he dropped out of an Asian tour due to what he said was stress when pictures of the singer, who is engaged to Perrie Edwards of Little Mix, were published showing him partying with another woman in Thailand.

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."

Tour itinerary:

Saturday 28 March 2015
Sunday 29 March 2015
FNB Stadium

Cape Town
Wednesday 1 April 2015
Cape Town Stadium

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