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Zayn Malik & One Direction — He Planned To Leave For Nearly A Year

Thu, April 23, 2015 9:56am EDT by 14 Comments

It came as a shock when Zayn suddenly announced he was quitting One Direction in March, however, the singer had actually planned his exit for a while. His good friend Oritse Williams spilled the beans in a shocking new interview!

Zayn Malik, 22, went to former JLS star and good pal, Oritse Williams, 28, in Sept. of 2014 and told him he was having thoughts about leaving One Direction! Find out what Ortise told Zayn at the time that kept him going strong until his final departure from the band in March 2015!

One Direction: Zayn Malik On Leaving Band — When He Decided

“Zayn spoke to me when we were together in Vegas last year,” Oritse spilled to the Mirror. “Niall did too. Zayn was talking to me in confidence. I told him he had a great run and to enjoy it. They are very, very blessed guys.”

“It’s a very special thing and not a lot of artists show gratitude for that. But I told him to be himself and to keep going,” Zayn’s friend continued.

While we appreciate Ortise’s efforts to cheer Zayn up, knowing our bae was unhappy for that long also makes us a bit sad.

Zayn Malik Tweets For The First Time Since Quitting One Direction

Weeks after announcing his exit from 1D, Zayn decided it was time to personally reach out to his fans via Twitter.

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HollywoodLifers, are you happy Zayn stayed in One Direction as long as he did or do you think he should have just quit in September when he wanted to? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

— Shira Benozilio