NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Monday, March 30, 2015, 10:39 AM
Zayn Malik left One Direction and has now been officially removed from the band’s tour footage.
If fans were heartbroken by news of Zayn Malik’s departure from One Direction, they better get the box of tissues out again.
The 22-year-old singer has now been removed from 1D’s introductory video montage that plays during the boy band’s concerts, reports The Independent.
“You have no idea how much we love you right now,” Harry Styles told the crowd Saturday night at their show in Johannesburg.
Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson stepped in to cover Malik’s solos now that the group has four members.
“The four of us will now continue,” a statement from the band read. “We’re looking forward to recording the new album and seeing all the fans on the next stage of the world tour.”
Styles seemed to display the heartbreak of the band when he appeared to dissolve in tears onstage at their show in Jakarta, Indonesia, hours after Malik announced his official exit on Wednesday. But fans were quick to dismiss it as simply something from the crowd hitting the heartthrob in the face.
Regardless, the show must go on and the remaining members can’t wait to continue their successful run.
And then there were four: From right, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson of One Direction are shown in a seemingly foretelling photo in 2012.
“Had a sit-down last night with the label, started organizing our writing sessions for the next album,” Horan, 21, tweeted Sunday. “F-kkk yeaaaahhhh! Can’t wait!”
Liam Payne also chimed in to reiterate appreciation for loyal Directioners: “I can see a lot of people thanking us for staying but your the real Heros here thanks for not thinking it’s finished.”
When news broke of Malik’s departure, it was pegged to the stress caused by fame and the scrutiny he was under after a photo of him cuddled close with a woman — not his fiancée, Perrie Edwards — surfaced online.
Now, it appears he changed directions from boy band to solo act, something that was in the plans since he joined 1D and signed with Simon Cowell’s record company, Syco.
Malik signed with the label as a member of 1D and an individual with a “leaving member clause,” which gave the label the option of keeping him as a solo artist, according to Billboard magazine.
“I feel like I’m doing what’s right,” he told U.K.’s The Sun on Thursday. “Right by myself and right by the boys, so I feel good.”
He added, “I think I’m just going to write and relax and chill.”