Zayn Malik quits One Direction (and now I am a broken human being… oh life)!

Zayn Malik has officially left One Direction, and oh my–.

You should probably read my previous post “What One Direction mean to me?” before you read this one!

One Direction on WWA Stadium Tour

One Direction hug


“I’m just a little boy from Bradford and now I’m smashing it!” – Zayn Malik.



Earlier on today it was released that Zayn Malik has decided to leave One Direction permanently. As a fan who watched the boys auditions separately on X-Factor and remembers the moment that they were put together as a group, this is truly heartbreaking. It sounds so ridiculous to most people, but I feel like I have genuinely grown up with these five boys and they have helped shaped the person that I am today.

Without them, and most importantly the lifelong friends that I have made because of them. I cannot imagine that I would have done so well and got into the University of my dreams. I have talked about this before but I think it is so important to iterate it once more. Five years ago my Dad left, he shattered my world into a million pieces but then four months later One Direction became a thing and made everything better. I made some incredible friends who helped me through what was incredibly tough, and for that I owe it all to One Direction.

Hearing the fact that Zayn has actually left, has not only left me shocked but has also made me question the future of One Direction. The main problem here being the fact that One Direction are not ‘One Direction’ without Zayn.


Although, I cannot begin to imagine how Niall, Louis, Liam and Harry are feeling right now, I am glad that they are planning to continue on with the ‘On the Road Again’ tour and I look forward to seeing them for the 7th and 8th time in June/September.

I have been fortunate enough to meet the boys as a five-piece at a book signing; as well as having the opportunity to meet Niall twice and Zayn once before that. Zayn has been such a huge part of the past five years. Just like the others, he has made so many people happy, including me. This band isn’t simply ‘just a boyband’ to me, they symbolise much more than that (which does sound absolutely pathetic… but ah well). You might like a football team, another band or artist, a particular restaurant – I like One Direction because they have made my teenage years so happy.

End of an Era!

This all feels like an end of an era, the end of a chapter in my life. I always thought that One Direction would start together and end together. I always thought that it would happen when I’m old and grey. But perhaps this goes to show that no matter how much money you have, sometimes not even that makes you happy! You can have everything, but if you aren’t happy, then you may as well have nothing.

This band has been my life; every single day, for the past five years and this honestly feels like the end. Growing up with a band, spending hundreds of pounds on them, travelling the country for them, freezing to death outside of hotels for them, losing sleep for them, shedding tears over them and getting unbelievably stressed out knowing that you have missed them by a millisecond has all been apart of the past five years for me. I don’t regret a thing because I have met the most amazing people on twitter and been apart of such an incredible fanbase, the 1D Family. I seriously love and appreciate the difference that they have made to my life. Okay, now I am just ranting on, you get the picture, right? Basically, I am so upset, oh dear.

I wish Zayn the best of luck for the future; and as for Louis, Harry, Liam and Niall I know they will carry on smashing it like they had done for the past five years. I might be almost 19 but I am not giving up on these boys just yet!

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“They saved us but we couldn’t save them.” – 23rd July 2010 to 25th March 2015.

It’s a sad day for the One Direction fanbase!

Wikipedia One Direction

Zayn Malik Tweet

One Direction

One Direction without Zayn

:( #whatislife

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Channon Gray

I'm Channon and yes, it's spelt wrong, but that is interesting right? I'm 23 years young. I like to write, create art and travel. Cornish bumpkin who studied in London then Cambridge. I'm now a Postgraduate Student, Stationery Addict and all-round Life Enthusiast.

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