We saw the tour video without Zayn Malik, but now One Direction has unveiled its poster for its On the Road Again tour. Sadly, Zayn has been cut yet again.
Although there is a gaping hole in our hearts, ears and eyes from where Zayn used to be, we can't help but smile at seeing Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne together again. The poster is a shade of charcoal with the boys in black and white with the exception of their clothes, which have been colorized. The outlines of their bodies have been given Saved by the Bell type doodles (you know, from the intro?), and overall it's just a fun-looking picture.
U.K. newspaper The Sun also snapped some photos of the foursome since going back on tour, and the boys look just as good as they did before Zayn's sudden departure! In one photo they're all smiles while onstage during a concert, and in another they're smiling against a wall while Harry goofily sticks out his tongue.
Regardless of their smiles, the boys did admit that performing without Zayn really hurt at first. "It's been a tough few weeks, probably the toughest since the band was formed five years ago," Liam was quoted as saying. "We're gutted that Zayn chose to leave, but now after a few performances as a four piece, we're feeling confident and are determined to carry on stronger than ever."
Harry also reassured fans that they wouldn't be splitting anytime soon as they're working their next album! "It's very exciting to be working on our fifth album," Styles told The Sun. "it shows how incredible the fans have been. A huge thank you to them for everything they've done for us. All the love to them."
Just days after Zayn officially parted ways, Louis also promised fans that 1D was "going to work harder than ever to deliver the best album we've ever made for you guys!"
As for Zayn's purported solo career, Simon Cowellhas remained pretty quiet but did wish his young star all the best. Talking to U.K. outlet Sugarscape, Cowell said of Zayn, "He's a fantastic singer. Um, look, he's got to get his head together a little bit."
He added, "He needs some time on his own, as he said, to be a normal 22-year-old, which he's gonna have."
At the same event, Ode asked the X Factor star whether or not he would sign Zayn to his label, but he wouldn't dish. "I can't give anything away," he replied.