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


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.