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One Direction member Zayn Malik quits the band

One Direction member Zayn Malik quits the band
Liam Payne, from left, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik and Harry Styles of the musical group One Direction arrive at the 42nd annual American Music Awards in 2014. (John Shearer/Invision/AP)

Chart-topping boy band One Direction says Zayn Malik has left the group.

The band confirmed his departure Wednesday in a statement.

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Malik 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 apologize to the fans if I've let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right."

One Direction said it would continue with four members.

Last week Malik flew home from a tour stop in the Philippines, citing stress.

Malik's departure from the tour came after he hit back at rumors of trouble in his relationship with fiancee Perrie Edwards of the band Little Mix.

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