In 2015, when Malik announced his exit from the band mid-tour, he posted a note online to explain his situation.
Malik wrote: “I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight. I know I have four friends for life in Louis, Liam, Harry and Niall.”
Although his relationship with Malik is a little tense, Horan did explain how close he was with the rest of the band.
“We don’t get to see each other as much as we’d like to,” he said. “But we try.”