One Direction star Liam Payne has described Zayn Malik's departure as "the worst" time for the band, but reassured fans it did not mean the end for the group.
The 21-year-old singer posted a heartfelt message on Twitter after the announcement that Malik had left the world's biggest boy band.
Payne said he felt "deeply saddened" but promised there was more to come from the group.
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Zayn Malik has spoken for the first time since quitting 1D saying he was upset to let fans down but that it wasn't "real" to him anymore
Malik, 22, first shot to fame after appearing on the X Factor in 2010, now five years after joining One Direction he is quitting the band.