Malik officially quit the group yesterday
One Direction last night (March 25) took to the stage for the first time since the departure of Zayn Malik from the group, and the experience left member Harry Styles in tears.
As reported by Digital Spy, One Direction were performing at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta when the singer was spotted wiping tears from his eyes. Click below to watch fan-recorded footage.
Malik’s departure was confirmed yesterday, though rumours about his future were abound after the 22-year-old pulled out of the band’s Asian tour last week (March 19) so he could fly back to the UK to be with his family.
“After five incredible years Zayn Malik has decided to leave One Direction,” read a released statement. “Niall, Harry, Liam and Louis will continue as a four-piece and look forward to the forthcoming concerts of their world tour and recording their fifth album, due to be released later this year.”
Malik himself added: “My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined. But, after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band. I’d like to apologise to the fans if I’ve let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right in my heart. 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. I know I have four friends for life in Louis, Liam, Harry and Niall. I know they will continue to be the best band in the world.”