Zayn Malik is leaving One Direction and group continues as four-piece!

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Zayn Malik has quit One Direction, the band have confirmed in a statement.

Malik said: “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.”

One Direction will continue their world tour as a four piece and record a fifth album later this year.

Last week, Malik walked away from the band’s world tour last week after being signed off with stress.

He returned to the UK shortly after being forced to defend his relationship with his fiancee, Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards.

A photo had earlier emerged of him holding another woman around the waist.

A second photo, taken from behind, showed Malik standing close to the woman. Their hands and arms looked as though they were linked.

In a statement, the rest of the group said: “We’re really sad to see Zayn go, but we totally respect his decision and send him all our love for the future.

“The past five years have been beyond amazing – we’ve gone through so much together, so we will always be friends.

“The four of us will now continue. We’re looking forward to recording the new album and seeing all the fans on the next stage of the world tour.”

Simon Cowell, who discovered the boyband on talent show The X Factor, said: “I would like to say thank you to Zayn for everything he has done for One Direction.

“Since I first met Zayn in 2010, I have grown very, very fond – and immensely proud – of him. I have seen him grow in confidence and I am truly sorry to see him leave.

“As for One Direction, fans can rest assured that Niall, Liam, Harry and Louis are hugely excited about the future of the band.”

Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson signed with Simon Cowell’s record label Syco Records in 2010 after finishing third on The X Factor.

Zayn’s had a tumultuous time with the band since they were formed back in 2010. He almost quit the band during bootcamp.

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NRJ Music Awards 2013: Taylor Swift leads the glamour ahead of rumored Harry Styles reunion !

It could be one of the most awkward moments in a pop star’s personal life – running in to your recent ex boyfriend at a highly publicised awards show.

But one thing’s for sure Taylor Swift wasn’t going to arrive quietly at the NRJ Music Awards in France on Saturday night.

The country singer lead the glamour set at the annual ceremony, ensuring if she did run into former lover Harry Styles that she would at least look her best for the occasion.

Golden girl: Taylor Swift ensures she looks her best while risking bumping into ex boyfriend Harry styles at the NRJ Music Awards in France on Saturday nightGolden girl: Taylor Swift ensures she looks her best while risking bumping into ex boyfriend Harry styles at the NRJ Music Awards in France on Saturday night

Could have been an awkward red carpet moment: Harry Styles seemed pensive as she arrived after Taylor, while his One Direction bandmates fooled around for the camerasCould have been an awkward red carpet moment: Harry Styles seemed pensive as she arrived after Taylor, while his One Direction bandmates fooled around for the cameras

Taylor stood out on the red carpet, showing off her enviably slender legs in a plunging gold gown.

She sparkled in the ensemble, which flattered her slim physique, while she finished off her look with complimentary gold heels.

And it was a good job she looked so on form as she then had to sit through the ceremony watching Styles and his band perform, before then picking up the award for Best International Group.

Strike a pose: Just in case Harry was in eye shot Taylor smouldered as much as she did for the waiting camerasStrike a pose: Just in case Harry was in eye shot Taylor smouldered as much as she did for the waiting cameras

Reunion time? Harry and Taylor arrived separately to the event but were rumoured to be using the event to rekindle their romanceReunion time? Harry and Taylor arrived separately to the event but were rumoured to be using the event to rekindle their romance
Waving to the crowd: Taylor beamed as she stretched her hand forward to greet fansWaving to the crowd: Taylor beamed as she stretched her hand forward to greet fans

The boys showed up at the event wearing matching ensembles in co-ordinating black and brown.

And while the boys seemed in a playful mood, with Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik clowning around on the carpet, Harry seemed pensive on entry.

Although he put in a stellar performance, knowing his ex would be there to see him in all his glory.

But he was made victorious as the boys picked up one of the biggest awards of the night.

Co-ordinating: The One Direction boys wore mismatching brown and black outfits as they showed up at the event Co-ordinating: The One Direction boys wore mismatching brown and black outfits as they showed up at the event

Fashion winner: It may have been Harry who walked away with the best international band trophy, but Taylor wasn't upstaged on the red carpetFashion winner: It may have been Harry who walked away with the best international band trophy, but Taylor wasn't upstaged on the red carpet

Fashion winner: It may have been Harry who walked away with the best international band trophy, but Taylor wasn’t upstaged on the red carpet

Cheer up Harry: He looked noticeably more chilled than the rest of his bandmates who looked joyous as thy faced the cameras and fansCheer up Harry: He looked noticeably more chilled than the rest of his bandmates who looked joyous as thy faced the cameras and fans
In it to win it: Styles quickly tweeted thanking everyone for the title as soon as they walked back off stageIn it to win it: Styles quickly tweeted thanking everyone for the title as soon as they walked back off stage

Tweeting after taking to the stage, Styles wrote: ‘Thank you so much to @NRJhitmusiconly and our fans for the award!! See you later .xx.’

She completed her style with her hair worn down and straight, with plenty of lip gloss perfecting her pout.

Leading up to the event there has been much speculation that Styles and Swift are planning a big reunion after reportedly holding crisis talks to salvage their relationship in London.

And while Taylor has been spotted living it up in Cannes in the lead up to the bash, Styles was seen arriving in the region with his bandmates on Saturday morning looking somewhat glum.

Glimmering: She mingled with the rest of the A-list stars and French celebrities a she arrived solo on the red carpetGlimmering: She mingled with the rest of the A-list stars and French celebrities a she arrived solo on the red carpet
Glamorous night: Alicia Keys was also in attendance, showing off her style in a floorlength black gown with revealing cut out detailingGlamorous night: Alicia Keys was also in attendance, showing off her style in a floorlength black gown with revealing cut out detailing

Glamorous night: Alicia Keys was also in attendance, showing off her style in a floorlength black gown with revealing cut out detailing

Date night: She was joined by husband Swizz Beatz as they took a night off from son EgyptDate night: She was joined by husband Swizz Beatz as they took a night off from son Egypt

Flashing the flesh: Alicia's glowing skin was on show for all to see as she ensured all sides were captured by the photographers

Flashing the flesh: Alicia’s glowing skin was on show for all to see as she ensured all sides were captured by the photographers

Although they had plenty of distraction at the event as a whole host of other celebrities were in attendance to take their minds off each other.

It was Alicia Keys who also stunned on the red carpet as she showed off her style in a revealing black cut out gown.

And she was clearly content getting a night off from mummy duties as she brought husband Swizz Beatz along.

Ready: Emeli was just one of the musical guests in attendance as they found out the big winners of the nightReady: Emeli Sande was also in attendance as the stars found out the big winners of the night
Ladies' night: Carly Rae Jepsen went for a Gothic style dress while Emeli Sande also made an effort for the eveningLadies' night: Carly Rae Jepsen went for a Gothic style dress while Emeli Sande also made an effort for the evening

Ladies’ night: Carly Rae Jepsen went for a Gothic style dress while Emeli also made an effort for the evening

Striking: Nolwenn Leroy looked amazing in her all black ensemble as she sported dark red lipsStriking: Nolwenn Leroy looked amazing in her all black ensemble as she sported dark red lips

Gangnam style! Psy made his usual flamboyant entrance as he pranced around entertaining the crowdsGangnam style! Psy made his usual flamboyant entrance as he pranced around entertaining the crowds

Showing off his moves: Psy took to the mic on the red carpet before again wowing insideShowing off his moves: Psy took to the mic on the red carpet before again wowing inside

Showing off his moves: Psy took to the mic on the red carpet before again wowing inside

While she stunned in the glamorous frock and intricate up ‘do, Swizz went for a dapper look in a navy blue suit and trilby hat.

They were joined by French reality star Ayem Nour, who claimed in December she had enjoyed a fling with singer Chris Brown when he visited Paris.

She stood out in a white halterneck dress, while French model Marie Ange-Casta was pretty in pink in her bright frock.

Bold choices for beautiful ladies: Israeli-born French singer-songwriter Tal (L) and Amel Bent Bold choices for beautiful ladies: Israeli-born French singer-songwriter Tal (L) and Amel Bent

Bold choices for beautiful ladies: Israeli-born French singer-songwriter Tal (L) and Amel Bent

Sheer bliss: French singer Shy'm stood out in a black fitted dress which highlighted her curvesSheer bliss: French singer Shy’m stood out in a black fitted dress which highlighted her curves
Standing out: French singer/songwriter Matt Pokora made a show of it as he spoke to the video camerasStanding out: French singer/songwriter Matt Pokora made a show of it as he spoke to the video cameras
The locals: French reality star Ayem wowed in white, while model Marie Ange-Casta went for a bright pink ensembleThe locals: French reality star Ayem wowed in white, while model Marie Ange-Casta went for a bright pink ensemble

The locals: French reality star Ayem wowed in white, while model Marie Ange-Casta went for a bright pink ensemble.

One Direction Releases Music Video for “Little Things”

One Direction – Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson – have unveiled a new music video, this time in honor of the track “Little Things.”

The single is the group’s second new album, “Take Me Home.” It will hit stores on November 13.

Will this video set another VEVO record for the band? We’ll soon find out.