Zayn Malik planned to quit One Direction months ago, says JLS singer Oritse Williams

Zayn quit the group in March

Zayn Malik pondered quitting One Direction several months before finally departing the group.

That’s according to former JLS star Oritse Williams, who claims he spoke to Malik about leaving the band on a trip to Las Vegas last September.

“Zayn spoke to me when we were together in Vegas last year,” Williams told The Daily 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 quit One Direction last month after pulling out of their Asian tour. He took to Twitter for the first time since leaving the group earlier this week to thank to all those that have supported him.

He posted: “Wanna say thanks to everyone that’s been there for me over the last few weeks, love you all.. you know who you are x”

Meanwhile, it was recently reported that One Direction had begun planning their next album.

The news was followed by the first official press shot of the band as a four-piece, with body language experts claiming that the picture shows signs of disunity in the group.

In addition to his work with One Direction, it was revealed earlier this week (April 20) that Louis Tomlinson has started his own record label. The singer has already signed The X-Factor finalist Jack Walton and is currently auditioning for a girlband.