Earlier this week, it was rumored that Zayn was talking with his lawyers to find a way to get out of his contract. At the time, we thought it was one of the craziest rumors we'd ever heard, but now it's a sad reality that 1D will carry on as a foursome without Zayn.
The buzz is that Zayn paid millions to get out of his contract (gossip ranges from $10 million to $17 million, but there's been no confirmation). Sure, he's made a huge amount of money over the years, but that's not exactly a small fee to leave his mega huge career as a boybander behind.
While we may never know the dollar amount involved with leaving One Direction, Forbes' Zack O'Malley Greenburg told E! Online the possible cost of quitting the band. With the band pulling $75 million last year and similarly "on track to meet if not exceed that $75 million figure for the next year," according to the expert, Zayn "is walking away from a lot of money."
Of course, the $75 million is before taxes and everyone taking their cuts - and then would be divided by the bandmates, but Zack explains, "It is still millions of dollars, but it isn't quite as outrageous as it looks on the surface."
Given that Zayn has been unhappy for some time, it's likely not all about the money for him.