Zayn Malik thanks One Direction: ‘everything I’ve done with them will stay with me’

Malik thanks former bandmates in acceptance speech for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music’ at the Asian Awards 2015

Zayn Malik has thanked his former One Direction bandmates in his acceptance speech at the Asian Awards 2015.

The former member of One Direction was collecting the Outstanding Contribution to Music award at the ceremony on Friday (April 17). He used his speech to thank those important to him.

“I’m not really a guy for many words normally,” Malik began. “I have to say thank you for this. This is an amazing evening and I’m massively honoured to be here tonight, it’s incredibly humbling to accept an award on the same stage as some people I’ve looked up to my entire life. “

“Tonight’s about thanks. I wanna thank God for allowing me to be able to do what my dreams are. I’d like to thank my mum and dad for making me Asian,” he continued.

“To have an effect on the Asian community is a massive honour and I’d also like to take this moment to thank four of the best guys that I ever met, everything I’ve done with them will stay with me for the rest of my life. I thank you for that.”

Malik departed the boy band in March due to stress induced by press speculation over his love life.

Simon Cowell recently described the moment he found Zayn Malik was leaving One Direction, joking to James Corden that he was “about to jump off a cliff”.

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.