Is this the proof Zayn and Perrie are planning to marry sooner rather than later?

Zayn Malik has quit One Direction – and immediately thrown his energy into his relationship with Perrie Edwards.

The 22-year-old dramatically announced he has left the boyband today saying: ‘My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined. But, after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band.

‘I’d like to apologise 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. 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.’

Sources say Zayn is now throwing himself into his relationship with fiancee Perrie Edwards – and is keen to marry her sooner rather than later, potentially even before the end of this year.

Zayn, 22, and Perrie were seen looking around a couple of houses in London – suggesting that they are looking to invest in a family home to share together.

The house will need to be big enough for Zayn’s, um, interesting collection of objects, which apparently includes two huge statues of HIMSELF.

The star already owns a house in North London and when he moved in in October 2012, photographers saw movers carrying two life-size statues of the singer – one in black and one in white.

One statue wore white suit and a red glove on his right hand, sporting the same hairstyle as Zayn, while the other statues had on black trousers, a black leather jacket and what looked like a fedora hat.

Zayn’s relationship with Perrie was called into question last week when he was snapped with a mystery blonde in Thailand. He Tweeted fans that there was nothing going on with the girl but then sensationally quit the rest of the Far East leg of One Direction’s tour to fly home due to stress.

Fiancee Perrie has been by his side supporting him ever since.

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