“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,” says the singer
March 25, 2015
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Zayn Malik has quit One Direction following five years with the boy band.
In a statement posted on the group’s official Facebook page, Malik announced his departure from the group. “My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined,” he wrote. “But, after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band. 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,” he added. “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.”
The Facebook post also contained statements from One Direction and Simon Cowell, who put the group together in 2010 during their season on the UK show X-Factor. Malik’s former group plan to continue recording, with the remaining members promising fans a new album. “We’re really sad to see Zayn go, but we totally respect his decision and send him all our love for the future,” the group wrote. “The past five years have been beyond amazing, we’ve gone through so much together, so we will always be friends.” Cowell thanked Malik for his contributions to the group.
The news follows Malik’s recent exit from the band’s current world tour, where he cited “stress” as the reason for his leave. Last year, the singer had co-written songs with UK artist Naughty Boy, including “One Chance to Dance” which One Direction had planned to record.
Since his first wife vanished more than three decades ago, Robert A. Durst, the eccentric and estranged son of one of New York’s most prominent real estate dynasties, has lived under the suspicious gaze of law enforcement officials in three states.
They have followed his path from New York City to Los Angeles, where one of his closest friends was found dead in her home in 2000. They have tracked him to Galveston, Tex., where he fled after investigators reopened the case of his wife’s disappearance, and where he posed as a mute woman and shot and dismembered a neighbor in 2001.
Mr. Durst was acquitted in the Texas killing, and was never arrested in the disappearance of his wife or the death of his friend. But on Saturday, he found himself in custody once again, arrested on a charge of murder as he walked into a New Orleans hotel he had checked into under a false name.
On Sunday night, in the final moments of the final episode of a six-part HBO documentary about him, “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” Mr. Durst seemed to veer toward a confession that could lift the shroud of mystery that surrounds the deaths of three people over the course of three decades.
“What the hell did I do?” Mr. Durst whispers to himself in an unguarded moment caught on a microphone he wore during filming. “Killed them all, of course.”
In the years since his wife, Kathleen Durst, disappeared in 1982 after spending the weekend at the couple’s country home in Westchester County, Mr. Durst has bounced in and out of jail for other crimes, cut ties with his family, remarried, and sued his brother for a $65 million share of the family fortune. Through it all, he has maintained his innocence in the disappearance of his wife, while also denying any role in the 2000 death of the Los Angeles friend, Susan Berman.
Dessert giants are competing to welcome spring by giving away free frozen treats.
Dairy Queen is celebrating its 75th anniversary with free ice cream Monday. Customers will be given a free small vanilla cone at participating locations.
Just a few days later on March 20, Rita’s Italian Ice is giving customers a free Italian Ice to mark the first day of spring.
And next month, when spring is in full swing, Ben & Jerry’s will be offering its Free Cone Day on April 14.
While it might seem like customers are getting the better end of the deal with FREEBIES, companies are actually cashing in on the idea that there really is “no free lunch,” according to Scott Galloway, a professor of marketing at New York University Stern School of Business.
“There is no more powerful marketing term than free,” Galloway says.
Jimmy Graham is reportedly on his way out of New Orleans.
According to Fox’s Jay Glazer and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the tight end is headed to the defending NFC champion Seattle Seahawks along with a fourth-round pick in exchange for Pro Bowl center Max Unger and a first-round pick.
Graham has averaged nearly 90 receptions per season over the last four years and is a three-time All-Pro selection.
Graham, who caught 85 passes for 889 yards and 10 touchdowns last season, signed a four-year, $40 million deal with the Saints last July. He immediately becomes a premiere pass-catching option for Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.
On the other side of the deal, the Saints bring in Unger, a two-time Pro Bowl selection who has started 67 games since being picked by the Seahawks out of Oregon in the second round of the 2009 draft.
Additionally, according to Rapoport, the Saints will receive the Seahawks first-round pick (No. 31 overall) in the upcoming draft.