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X Factor judge Louis Walsh hints at reason for Zayn Malik's departure from 1D

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As the fall out from One Direction star Zayn Malik quitting the band continues, fingers appear to be being pointed at his fiancee - Little Mix star Perrie Edwards.

Devastated fans have been tweeting blame towards Edwards - from South Shields - and now X Factor judge Louis Walsh has hinted his departure could be attributed to her.

Speaking to Irish radio station RTE Radio One, Walsh said:

What I found in the past is as things get on, and as they get girlfriends, the girlfriends are whispering things in their ears and saying like “You should be a solo star”, “You should be the lead singer” - that’s usually the problem.

The first few years are usually great and then people always want to be the solo star."

– Louis Walsh

Perrie Edwards has received some negative attention on twitter after Zayn's decision was announced, but there has been some support too.