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One Direction: 'We'll continue without Zayn Malik'

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One Direction. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

One Direction. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Zayn Malik: Ian West/PA Wire

Zayn Malik: Ian West/PA Wire

Zayn Malik. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Zayn Malik. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

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One Direction. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

One Direction have vowed to carry on without the recently departed Zayn Malik.

In the official statement issued by the band today, Mullingar's Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson have told fans they will continue as a "four-piece".

The statement said the band are "looking forward to the forthcoming concerts of their world tour and recording their fifth album, due to be released later this year".

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Zayn Malik and Niall horan

Zayn Malik and Niall horan

Zayn Malik: Ian West/PA Wire

Zayn Malik: Ian West/PA Wire

Zayn Malik. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Zayn Malik. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

File photo from 2014: Left to right, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles as Malik has left One Direction. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

File photo from 2014: Left to right, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles as Malik has left One Direction. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

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Zayn Malik and Niall horan

"We're really sad to see Zayn go, but we totally respect his decision and send him all our love for the future," the band said.

"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 has also issued assurances to the millions of 1D fans around the world about the future of the band.

"As for One Direction, fans can rest assured that Niall, Liam, Harry and Louis are hugely excited about the future of the band," the record supremo said in the same statement.

The statement aside, none of 1D have commented.

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Zayn Malik is playing two concerts in Manila with One Direction

Zayn Malik is playing two concerts in Manila with One Direction

Zayn Malik is playing two concerts in Manila with One Direction

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The band took to the stage in Jakarta, Indonesia, earlier today but are understood not to have mentioned Zayn's position.

They will then fly to South Africa where they will play in Johannesburg on March 28th and 29th, and Capetown on April 1st.


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