Zayn Malik may have quit One Direction over a month ago, but yesterday he made one final move to cut ties with the band.
Keen-eyed fans noticed that Zayn's Twitter handle had finally changed from @ZaynMalik1D to @ZaynMalik, after almost five years on the social media site. The singer's long-time bio, "just close your eyes and enjoy the rollercoaster that is life 🙂 x" was also removed, along with a link to the One Direction website.
It's finally over, ladies.
While we appreciate that Zayn is probably just doing his best to move on and live his life as the "normal 22-year-old" he wants to be, the move did not go down well with 1D fans, who took to Twitter in their droves:
— nat (@Louebear) May 1, 2015
March 25th: Zayn Malik physically left One Direction April 30th: Zayn Malik mentally left One Direction #YouWillAlwaysBeZaynMalik1D
— maricel (@Idonuthing) May 1, 2015
Honestly Feels Like 25th March Is Back. #YouWillAlwaysBeZaynMalik1D
— Nuggie (@ZoeyKenz) May 1, 2015
Zayn officially quit One Direction at the end of March, just days after pulling out of the band's world tour and flying home from Asia to the UK. Many have speculated that his decision to quit the tour was influenced by his fiancée Perrie Edwards, after Zayn allegedly cheated on her with a fan in Thailand.
However in Zayn's statement, he said his choice was driven by the need to take some time out of the spotlight. "I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight," he said.
Wishing him all the best!