The 22-year-old, who said he wanted to "relax and have some private time," was spotted at a recording studio on Thursday
That was quick.
Just a day after Zayn Malik announced that he was quitting One Direction because he wanted “to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight,” the singer was spotted walking into a recording studio on Thursday.
And that has fans and those around Malik feeling more than a little confused about his real reasons for leaving the band.
“He told everyone in the band and management that he wants to live a normal life and the next thing you know he’s going into music studios and doing interviews with tabloids,” a source close to the band tells PEOPLE.
Malik has reportedly given an interview to an English newspaper that will be published on Friday and explains his decision to leave the band.
“Everyone feels a bit misled and thinks he was lying about wanting to live a normal life,” the source adds.
The other four members of the band – Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Niall Horan – released a statement after Mailk’s departure wishing him well and saying that they “will always be friends,” but that might not be the case anymore.
The source says that Malik is “very easily led” and there might be some people around him who are “trying to get him to do stuff and manipulate him.”
As the remaining members of the band close ranks and look towards recording a new album, the source says, “everyone feels played by him. Louis and Zayn are friends and will talk but the rest probably won’t.”