MANILA, Philippines – "For the past five years now I've been part of something so special I don't think any of us really understand, something that can mean the world to people and put a smile on the face of our fans even in the darkest times."
These were the words of Liam Payne, who, with remaining One Direction members Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, and Niall Horan, tweeted reassurance to fans following Zayn Malik's departure from the band. (In tweets: Fans react to news that Zayn Malik is leaving One Direction)
The boys, who are currently in South Africa as part of their On The Road Again Tour, had these to say.
"In light of recent events I think this is important to say.
For the past five years now I've been part of something so special I don't think any of us really understand, something that can mean the world to people and put a smile on the face of our fans even in the darkest times.
To a lot of people it's just a bunch of silly kids in a band but to the people involved it means so much more.
This last week has been some of the worst times, possibly the worst it's something we are all deeply saddened by.
It's sad to think for the time being we won't grace the stage as five bros or have the same fun on a tour bus or laughs in a hotel together that we have over the years but I'm super sure us and Zayn will always remain the closest friends.
I guess what I'm really trying to say is it's far from over.
When we very first became successful we all agreed that One Direction had become much bigger than each individual member that's why I feel like right now it's ok to be sad and upset but I do ask everyone who is a fan of us to please keep your faith in us, I'm sure there's a lot more to come. All love, Liam," he wrote.
Louis Tomlinson said that it's been a crazy couple of days, but reassured fans that the remaining foursome will deliver a great album, saying:
Been a crazy couple of days but know that we are going to work harder than ever to deliver the best album we've ever made for you guys ! — Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) March 26, 2015
Your support has been incredible , truly incredible so thank you so much ! — Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) March 26, 2015
Niall, on the other hand, said that the constant love fans have given him and the boys motivates them to make the best music they possibly can, saying:
Been a mad few days and your support has been incredible as per usual ! This in turn Spurs us on to make the best music we possibly can — Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) March 26, 2015
Put on great shows / tours for you guys. You are the best fans in the world and you deserve nothing less from us! — Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) March 26, 2015
Harry posted a short but sweet message to fans on March 26, fresh after the news of Zayn's departure broke, saying:
All the love as always. H — Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) March 26, 2015
Zayn's departure was announced last March 25 (March 26 in Manila). Speculations that the 22-year old singer would leave the band only grew after Zayn’s sudden departure from the On The Road Again tour due to stress.
Many also speculated that his sudden departure from the tour was connected to rumors about him cheating on fiancee Perrie Edwards of Little Mix – rumors Zayn said were false. – Rappler.com
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