Zayn Malik Solo Plans Leave One Direction Fans Feeling “Betrayed” — See Reactions

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Zayn Malik Solo Reaction

By Shari Weiss

Zayn Malik Solo Reaction

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Zayn Malik’s first interview about leaving One Direction has left some fans feeling “betrayed.”

As Gossip Cop reported, when Malik’s shocking departure from the band was announced earlier this week, it was largely attributed to his desire to live a private life. In his statement Malik said, “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.” But in an interview with The Sun, conducted just one day after he quit, Malik revealed he is working on a solo album.

The remarks left many feeling the singer wasn’t being honest in his original statement. One fan tweeted in response to his new comments, “See if Zayn hadn’t lied and said he left because of stress and not wanting to be in the spotlight I wouldn’t be so angry right now.” Another Directioner wrote on Twitter, “I’m not sure anymore if I respect Zayn and his decision. I will tolerate it but he betrayed us big time.”

A few admitted to mixed feelings about the evolving situation, such as the fan who posted, “torn between ‘i respect zayn’s decision’ and ‘why did he do this why didn’t he tell us sooner why did he have to fake it for so long why.'” Others, however, still expressed support for Malik, and continued to use the “#AlwaysInOurHeartsZaynMalik” trend. “I JUST WANT ZAYN TO KNOW THAT HE WILL ALWAYS BE WELCOMED HERE ANY TIME! HE’S IN OUR HEARTS AND MINDS EVERY DAY,” tweeted one fan.

And for certain fans, the apparent contradiction between Malik’s statement and interview furthered the theory that the star was actually fired. Check out the wide range of reactions below, and tell us what you think.

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