Zayn Malik has already gained support from boy banders Lance Bass and Jonathan Knight after his decision to leave One Direction. Now there’s a former boy bander who is also throwing his support in the ring for Malik.
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Nick Jonas opened up about the 22-year-old’s decision to part ways with 1D in a new interview, noting that “it’s always tough,” he told E! News. “You know, there’s never an easy time to make a decision like that. I commend him for doing what he feels is right for him and you got to stay true to yourself.”
Back in Oct. 2013, Jonas and his brothers, Kevin and Joe, parted ways professionally. He has since gone on to have a successful solo career, including his hit single “Jealous,” and will host the Kids’ Choice Awards this weekend.
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And while he believes that Malik had to do what was best for him, he does understand that the fans might be going through a tough time for the moment.
“I feel for the One Direction fans and I hope they’re doing OK,” he said, “but you know, it’s one of those things, that sometimes it’s just time to close a chapter.”
In fact, Malik has already hinted at his next chapter. Speaking out for the first time since leaving 1D, he said he’s been busy recording material.