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'This Is Us' Director Morgan Spurlock Addresses Zayn Malik's One Direction Exit

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August 20: Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Harry Styles and Liam Payne of One Direction attend the world premiere of their new movie 'One Direction - This Is Us' in London, England.

When Morgan Spurlock directed One Direction's 2013 documentary This Is Us, he was granted unprecedented access to the then fivesome. Now he's shedding some light on what it was like to work with Zayn Malik, who confirmed his departure from 1D last week.

"I was with them for six months and it's an exhausting lifestyle," he told Entertainment Weekly. "And I think that it just gets hard after awhile, for someone, probably like Zayn, who is a homebody already, but is also incredibly talented, the allure of being able to potentially leave and become a solo artist in the midst of all your success is probably better than waiting till the end."

And, like many Directioners, Spurlock was pretty sad to see Malik leave. "Like everyone else, a little piece of my heart broke the day Zayn left," he added. "I shed a little tear."

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Spulock also appeared on HuffPost Live, where he noted that "I love Zayn. Zayn is probably my favorite guy in the band." And he further elaborated on what it was like to film with the 22-year-old.

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"He always struggled with being on the road. He's a homebody. He wanted nothing more than to sit in his house and spray paint and draw and do art, and I think this explosion that happened to him -- which was something none of them ever predicted, But I think he was the one who struggled with it the most. And being away, being on the road, being away from his girlfriend I think finally just got to him, and I think he said, 'I'm done.'"

You can watch a clip of Zayn spray painting from the This Is Us documentary below.

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