One Direction singer Liam Payne has named Zayn Malik‘s fiancee Perrie Edwards as the reason for his exit.
“Sometimes you have to move on because you’re not enjoying what you’re doing as much as you used to,” Payne told UK radio station Capital.
“He wanted to spend time with his family and his missus. That’s cool with us.”
Zayn had quit the group in March, explaining he wanted to be a normal 22 year old for a while and wasn’t feeling the music anymore.
Payne however cleared the air that there was no bad blood between them.
“He had to do what he had to do for himself,” he explained. “We’re all till great mates and stuff. I know it’s difficult for people to see [him leaving, though].”
“[It was] majorly upsetting [when he left],” Liam added to Capital. “It’s like anybody else’s job, sometimes you have to move on because you’re not enjoying it.
“We’ll keep flying the flag, it’s all we can do.”