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Zayn Malik thanks fans for support after quitting band

Former One Direction star Zayn Malik has thanked his fans for their support following his decision to leave the band.

Former One Direction star Zayn Malik thanks fans for support Credit: Press Association

The singer, 22, returned to the public eye last week at the Annual Asian Awards, where he showed off a new shaved hairdo.

Malik has been quiet on Twitter ever since he declared his love for fiancee Perrie Edwards, after pictures emerged of him apparently close to another woman.

He flew home from the boyband's world tour with "stress" before suddenly quitting the group, saying that he wants to be a "normal 22-year-old".<

At the Annual Asian Awards, which Malik attended with his mother, the star paid tribute to his former bandmates, calling them "four of the best guys that ever met".

"Some of the things that we did will stay with me for the rest of my life," he said.

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One Direction mania hits the Keepmoat Stadium

One Direction fans were out in force in Doncaster where after getting wind that one of their idols was in town.

Louis Tomlinson took time out of his schedule to take part in a legends game for Doncaster Rovers' veteran James Coppinger

The singer posed for photographs and talked with fans who had camped overnight to secure their place at the front of the cordon:

One Direction star to turn out for Rovers veteran's legends match

Louis Tomlinson is set to don his beloved Doncaster Rovers today when he turns out to honour one of the clubs longest serving players, James Coppinger.

Louis Tomlinson will turn out in support of veteran James Coppinger Credit: Press Association

Attacking midfielder Coppinger is now in his 11th season at the club. Born in Guisborough on the edge of the North York Moors Coppinger moved to South Yorkshire in 2005, and has racked up over 500 career appearances, scoring 64 goals.

Coppinger has spent 11 seasons at Doncaster Rovers Credit: Press Association

The club's matched my ambition throughout the whole time I've been here. As I've progressed the club have progressed. I've had fantastic support over the 11 years.

My wife worked in Doncaster, my kids went to school in Doncaster and two of them were born in Doncaster. I know how much it means to Doncaster people and how much football means to them.

His (Louis') enthusiasm and love for the club is massive. That's exactly the same as me and to have him on board, it's an honour for me to have him here because of how well he's done.

– James Coppinger

'No plans' for Zayn Malik solo launch

One Direction fans might have to wait a little longer for Zayn Malik to launch his solo career after a spokesman for his producer Naughty Boy said the track that appeared online was actually recorded for the boyband's last album.

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The song, called I Won't Mind, which features the star singing over an acoustic guitar, was put up online by Naughty Boy and led to claims Malik was about to release it as a solo single.

But a spokesman for the producer, who has also worked with acts including Emile Sande, said: "Naughty Boy and Zayn wrote and demoed the song as a contender for One Direction's album last year.

"They aren't furiously writing on his solo material or anything, there aren't plans in place for a big solo launch and this wasn't recorded in the last few days they were together.

"They are very good friends and Zayn is taking time out, including visiting Naughty Boy at his studio and hanging out together."

Has Zayn Malik been working with producer since January?

A music producer who tweeted Zayn Malik's first solo track last night has reportedly been working with the former One Direction star since January.

Naughty Boy tweeted a snap alongside Zayn at the beginning of the year. It has now led fans to speculate that the Bradford singer was planning to leave the boy band for some time.

The producer, a close friend of Zayn, tweeted a link to the Bradford singer's first solo song last night:

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Zayn Malik: The band has been really supportive

Zayn Malik has denied that there has been any negativity between him and the rest of the band, before or after he made his decision to quit One Direction.

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And he insists he did not compare his situation to that of Robbie Williams who left Take That in 1995 due to ill-feeling among the group.

"My band has been really supportive", he told The Sun.

Malik revealed that the rest of the band, Harry Styles, 21, Louis Tomlinson, 23, Niall Horan, 21, and Liam Payne, 21, are keen to keep going as One Direction.

I still want them to do it for a while ... I think they're going to do OK for a while. I think they're going to be cool.

– Zayn Malik

Zayn Malik 'upset' for One Direction fans

Zayn Malik has spoken out for the first time since he announced he was leaving One Direction and said he feels "upset" for letting the fans down.

Zayn Malik has spoken out for the first time since he announced he was leaving One Direction and said he feels "upset" for letting the fans down.

The 22-year-old singer, from Bradford, quit the boy band's world tour last week after being "signed off with stress" and returned to the UK. On Wednesday he announced he was splitting from 1D for good to live a "normal life".

I did try to do something that I wasn't happy doing for a while ... I only ever tried to do it for the fans.

I'm only upset because I feel like I may have let them down in some sort of way. It's not that I've turned my back on them or anything, it's just that I can't do that any more because it's not real to me.

– Zayn Malik

Malik denied there had been any negativity between him and the rest of the band, before or after he made his decision.

And he insisted he did not compare his situation to that of Robbie Williams who left Take That in 1995 due to ill-feeling among the group.

"My band has been really supportive", he insisted.

Malik revealed that the rest of the band, Harry Styles, 21, Louis Tomlinson, 23, Niall Horan, 21, and Liam Payne, 21, are keen to keep going as One Direction.

I still want them to do it for a while ... I think they're going to do OK for a while. I think they're going to be cool.

– Zayn Malik

Shortly before Malik quit the band's tour, a picture emerged of him with his arm around a girl in a nightclub in Thailand.

But he stated he is still engaged to long-term partner Perrie Edwards, of Little Mix.

She's a good girl ... she's always supportive" he said of her.

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