One Direction Loses a Member



Fans of the English pop band ‘One Direction’ received some very bad news this week. One of the members of the band, Zayn Mailk, announced that he is leaving. He said that he wanted to have a normal life and that the lifestyle with the band was too stressful for him. He explained that after five years, he felt that it was the right time to leave.

Zayne Mailik is 22 years old and he become part of ‘One Direction’ when he was just 17 years old. The band was formed when he and four others took part in the television programme ‘The X Factor’. He entered as a solo singer, but the judges on the programme suggested that the five young men formed a group together.

Leaving the band may not be the end of his pop career. He is currently working in a studio in London to produce a solo album, which will be released in 2016.


a judge             a person who chooses the winner in a competition

solo                  single, along

an album          a collection of songs, a CD


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