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He was always uncomfortable: Watch Simon Cowell force Zayn Malik to continue at X Factor bootcamp

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One Direction. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

One Direction. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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Zayn Malik was clearly never comfortable with fame.

The 22-year-old announced he was leaving One Direction, the world's biggest boyband, this afternoon; but early fans of the group will know he was never happy to be centre stage.

During X Factor bootcamp in 2010, Simon Cowell had to personally drag Zayn out from behind the scenes as he was too shy to perform with the dozens of others vying for a place on the world's biggest reality talent show.

"I seriously don't want to do it because I hate dancing and I've never done it before," he told producers as his reason.

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Left to right: Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Harry Styles of One Direction. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

Left to right: Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Harry Styles of One Direction. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

Left to right: Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Harry Styles of One Direction. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

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