Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Harry Styles and Liam Payne appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden last night (14 May), marking their first group interview as a four-piece following Zayn's exit.
Asked about moment Zayn decided to leave after being in the band for five years, Liam said: "At first we were a little bit angry, we were surprised, but you know we all kind of knew the general vibe that Zayn was feeling.
"You could sort of tell. I mean, from the outside people could tell as well. There were certain parts of the job that Zayn loved and certain parts that he didn't, and if you don't like your job you've got to follow your heart sometimes and go where you need to go. There's no arguing with that."
Liam added: "Like I say, we were angry at first, but then it was just a bit more disappointed, but we wish him the best of luck with whatever he gets up to and there's no hard feelings. We're just going to carry on as usual."
Niall said the band never once considered calling it a day after Zayn's exit.
Niall told James: "The four of us love every part it. The fans deserve it, they've been absolutely fantastic to us. We enjoy every aspect of it. We're looking forward to bringing out a record and going on more tours."
Zayn quit One Direction at the end of March, saying in a statement: "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."
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Watch the full interview below: