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Zayn Malik, Perrie Edwards, Louis Walsh

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Zayn Malik's fiancée Perrie Edwards is to blame for him leaving One Direction! At least that's was Irish X Factor judge Louis Walsh is saying.

In a new interview with Ireland's RTE Radio One, the 62-year-old music manager says Edwards definitely had something to do with the 22-year-old boy-bander quitting 1D.

"What I found in the past is as things get on, and as they get girlfriends, the girlfriends are whispering things in their ears and saying like, 'You should be a solo star,' 'You should be the lead singer.' That's usually the problem," he revealed.

When asked if Edwards is the new Yoko Ono, Walsh added, "Yeah, it happens in every band. Happens in every band in the whole world. But they've had an amazing five years."

One Direction, February 2014

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Walsh elaborated on the whole One Direction controversy, saying, "I've heard the rumors for the last few weeks that everyone wasn't happy in paradise. The problem with these guys is they've been in a bubble for the last five years, pressure, working, a lot harder than people think, so something had to give. So Zayn was the first person just to crack up a little bit."

"He's made a lot of money. He's seen the world. He's had an amazing time with the other guys. That's the good side of it," he continued. "The dark side of it is all the travelling, the airports, in a bubble, not really seeing real life...They burn out basically. The thing with One Direction is they were massive worldwide. They were going from continent to continent, right across America. Hotels...he probably didn't see light of day, he was just working, working, working."