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Liam Payne Spills: Why Did Zayn Really Leave 1D?

'He wanted to go and spend some time with his family and missus,' Payne said of Zayn.

Liam Payne has made it clear that he has a hole in his heart since Zayn Malik left One Direction. He proved it by giving his former bandmate a heartfelt shout-out at Sunday night's 2015 Billboard Music Awards.

But on Wednesday morning (May 20), Payne went on Captial FM and really opened up about the reasons behind the split, while admitting that, "Yeah, of course!" he misses his friend.

"I mean you know, he had to do what he had to do really, for himself," Payne said of Malik. "It’s like any other job really; sometimes you have to move on because you’re not enjoying what you’re doing as much."

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The boys in happier days.

But then Payne came as close as 1D (or Malik) has come so far to really getting to the heart of the matter. "He wanted to go and spend some time with his family and missus," Liam said about Malik's departure in March, which came shortly after Malik dropped off 1D's tour amid allegations that he cheated on his fiancée, Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards.

Malik has since been seen taking a romantic vacation with Edwards, as well as working on new music with producer Naughty Boy.

And though the split was hard on them, Payne said the remaining members of 1D are still "great mates" and they wish Malik the best. "We’re just going to carry on doing what we’re doing... We wish him [Zayn] all the best with whatever he goes into and stuff. We’ll just have to see what happens."