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Zayn Malik Wanted To Quit One Direction A YEAR Ago, Claims JLS's Oritsé Williams

23/04/2015 10:26 BST | Updated 23/04/2015 10:59 BST

Zayn Malik was been planning to quit One Direction a year ago, according to his friend, former JLS singer Oritsé Williams.

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Last month, Zayn made headlines all over the world when he announced that, after five years with the group, he was quitting 1D.

The decision to leave was clearly something he’d thought long and hard about, and Oritsé has now revealed that Zayn came to him for advice about whether to stay with the group.

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Zayn Malik

He tells The Mirror: “Zayn spoke to me when we were together in Vegas last year. [He] was talking to me in confidence.”

Good job you didn’t go telling the papers about it really, then, Oritsé.

“I told him he had a great run and to enjoy it. They are very, very blessed guys,” he explains, “It’s a very special thing and not a lot of artists show gratitude for that. But I told him to be himself and to keep going.”

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Oritsé Williams

Zayn said at the time of his departure from the boyband that he was leaving so he could live the life of “a normal 22-year old”, while the remaining members of 1D have remained insistent that they’re staying together as a four-piece.

The director of their documentary ‘This Is Us’, Morgan Spurlock, has suggested that Harry Styles will be the next member of the group to leave, although Oritsé apparently has other ideas, as Niall Horan also came to him during their time in Las Vegas, to talk about his future in the group. Very interesting…

One Direction will resume their ‘On The Road Again’ world tour when they kick off the UK leg this summer.

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