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Zayn Malik Hinted At Leaving One Direction For Years

Wed, March 25, 2015 8:23pm EDT by 7 Comments

So shocking! Zayn may have wanted out of One Direction long ago, even though it feels like he quit unexpectedly. The singer posted a tweet years ago hinting he wanted to break free of 1D — see it here!

Despite the shock fans felt at the announcement that Zayn Malik, 22, was leaving One Direction, it appears as though this is a move the boy bander has been considering for years. discovered an old tweet that could very well indicate that Zayn has wanted to leave One Direction as early as 2011.

Zayn Malik Hinted At Leaving One Direction Years Ago: See His Tweet

A tweet Zayn posted on Sept. 17, 2011 on his personal account indicates that he had thought of leaving the band years before his stunning announcement on March 25.

Wow! It totally seems like Zayn was having his doubts about leaving the band early on. In fact, he was known to have had a difficult time when the band first came together on the X-Factor. Does this tweet mean that he was ready to turn the page on his career with them even earlier than many have thought?

Poor Zayn said in his exit statement that he wants “to be a normal 22-year-old,” and clearly the pressure seemed to be too much on him. EXCLUSIVELY told you that Zayn even feared he would die if he didn’t quit the band.

Zayn Malik Can Rejoin One Direction Whenever He Wants

Though he may have contemplated leaving the band for years, the rest of the 1D boys would still love to have him has learned EXCLUSIVELY.

“Still, as far as the boys are concerned, Zayn has an open invitation to rejoin the group when he gets his head back on straight,” a source told us. “He’s a brother to them and they won’t turn their back on him in his time of need.  They love him.”  It’s good to know that Zayn’s friend’s will stand by him, even though he’s no longer a part of the group.

However, if Zayn does want to comeback, he’ll have to contend with Simon Cowell, who may have a different opinion on the matter.

Our insider revealed that “Simon Cowell and the record company may have other thoughts” and reservations if Zayn ever wanted to rejoin the group.

What do you think Hollywoodlifers? Has Zayn been hinting at his leaving for years? Let us know!

— Alex Cramer