The often stoic Zayn was already hesitant to perform during his season of X Factor UK in 2010 when One Direction was formed-- so much so that he initially refused to take part in a choreographed dance to Lady Gaga's "Telephone" with other contestants.
"I seriously don't want to do it," a then 17-year-old Zayn says during one memorable episode. "'Cause I hate dancing, and I've never done it before and I just feel like an idiot."
"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," he said in a statement. "My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined. But, after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band."