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Former One Direction star Zayn Malik calls off engagement

This is the end for Zayn Malik and Perrie Edwards.

According to E! the former One Direction star and the Little Mix singer have called off their engagement. The two got engaged in August 2013 after two years of dating.

Their breakup follows Malik's announcement he had signed with RCA Records following his decision to leave the popular boy band.

"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," he said in a statement posted on the band's Facebook page. "I'd like to apologize to the fans if I've let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right in my heart."

"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. I know I have four friends for life in Louis, Liam, Harry and Niall. I know they will continue to be the best band in the world," he added.

Neither Malik nor Edwards have commented publicly on the breakup.