The One Direction fanbase reacts to the news that Zayn Malik is about to release his own music

Just four months after he quit One Direction, Zayn Malik has announced that he’s signed his first solo record deal.

The 22-year-old singer excitedly revealed the news to his Twitter fans last night by posting a picture of himself putting pen to paper on a contract with RCA Records.

Zayn also told his followers about the REAL reason he decided to leave 1D, writing: ‘I guess I never explained why I left , it was for this moment to be given the opportunity to show you who i really am! #realmusic #RCA !!’

And just to emphasise the point he Tweeted…

At the time of leaving the group in March Zayn had said that he wanted to be a ‘normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight.’

The bombshell record deal announcement sparked a massive reaction on social media, with many fans comparing the Bradford-born star to, erm, Miley Cyrus?!

Luckily Zayn saw the funny side of being a Miley-alike and admitted he was amused by this particular Tweet…

‘ that’s so funny !!’ Zayn replied. LOLs.

Funnily enough Zayn will now be on the same label as 22-year-old Miley as she’s also signed to RCA Records – could a future Zayn Malik vs Miley Cyrus collaboration be on the cards? Now THAT would be interesting!

Other big names at the company, which is part of the Sony Music group, include Justin Timberlake, Mark Ronson and Kelly Clarkson.

Simon Cowell has spoken out about the announcement on Twitter and sent his best wishes to his former protege.

Zayn’s former One Direction bandmates Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan have kept quiet about the news but it seems that relations between the boys are still good.

Just last week the band celebrated their fifth anniversary, marking half a decade since they were formed on The X Factor back in 2010, and Liam cutely included Zayn in a Tweet about the special occasion.

Fans were overjoyed to see that Zayn soon responded to the shoutout…

Now it’s time for the start of something new though and we can’t WAIT to hear what sort of music this ‘real’ Zayn brings us.

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