To Malik's credit, he’s been open about his friendship with his former bandmates even after quitting, and wishes them the best of luck.
"I know I have four friends for life in Louis, Liam, Harry and Niall," Malik said in a statement. "I know they will continue to be the best band in the world."
Check out the video below for more on Malik’s shocking departure
, which left some 1D fans grieving.