Ben Watts; Jeff Daly/NBCEd Sheeran has written a number of tracks for One Direction. So how does he feel about Zayn Malik’s sudden departure from the group? The singer told Australian radio show Hughesy and Kate he supports Zayn’s decision.
"I think whatever makes him happy. The most important thing in life is to be happy, and if he was unhappy in that situation then, yeah, don't stay in it," he said. "You don't want to make yourself unhappy just to earn money, that's not what life's about. You're meant to enjoy life, and if he wasn't enjoying his life then fair play to him."
Ed does note that Zayn’s situation is very different from his own. "I think the difference between me taking a break and him taking a break is he has four other people to worry about," Ed said. "I'll definitely take a break, but it won't be a noticeable break because no one will be like, 'He's left the band.'"
Zayn’s departure was announced Wednesday, and the 22-year-old spoke out about his decision for the first time Friday, in an interview published in the U.K. newspaper The Sun. Sayn said he felt bad about letting the fans down, but at the same time he feels like he’s “doing what’s right.”
According to Billboard, Zayn’s label management team is already positioning him for a future solo career. He’s signed to Simon Cowell’s Syco Records as a group member, and also individually. There’s reportedly a “leaving member clause” in the band’s deal that allows the act to continue as a foursome, and offers the label the option to pick up Zayn’s contract as a solo artist.
However, Zayn leaving could mean less money for the remaining members of the group -- Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan. The band still owes two more albums to Sony as part of a three-album contract signed in 2013. The contract reportedly outlined that if one or more of the guys leave during that time period, each member could be paid less because they're likely to be less viable.
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