But one of the band’s main songwriters, Jamie Scott, has claimed that it was a simple case of burn-out – and not because of fractures among the group’s members.
Speaking to the Sunday Mirror, Scott claimed that the band members Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne are still friends with Malik, despite his departure.
Jamie told the paper: ‘Zayn went because he’d had enough. Have you ever been on the road for four years? These guys aren’t at home.
‘There is no way the same thing is going to run through all five guys, that they’re all going to want to be on the road so much together. Eventually he got to a point where he’d had enough.
‘It was, ‘OK, I don’t want to be in this band any more’. It was that simple, it was human instinct kicking in. People want it to be complicated and have secret reasons but that is what it was.’
The comments come after music producer Naughty Boy also claimed there’s no real ‘bad blood’ between Zayn and the One Direction boys.
None is replacing Zayn in the band
Meanwhile Simon Cowell confirmed that the band will not be adding another member to replace Malik.
Cowell, who appeared on Good Morning Britain on May 22, had no problems talking about Malik’s exit from the superstar boy band.
The music mogul candidly spoke about how shocked the other four boys were when Malik left the group, indicating that no one knew it was coming.
Cowell also pointed out that Malik’s departure showed a strength in the remaining guys as they bonded together and continued on as a band.