During his announcement, Malik confessed that his decision was a bit crazy but he never felt more in control of his life than that moment. HE admitted that he wasn’t happy doing what he’s been doing for some time and that he just stuck it out for the happiness of other people.
Malik denied that he quit because there was trouble between him and the rest of the guys. He knows that he’s letting millions of fans down but it’s something he has to do. He said, “I can’t do that anymore because it’s not real to me.”
However, he won’t be leaving the music industry for good. He’s working on some solo material.
On the other hand, the rest of One Direction namely Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson expressed their sadness over Malik’s departure but assured fans that there will still be more to come from the group.