One Direction's Zayn Malik told former JLS star Oritsé Williams that he wanted to leave the band while on a trip to Las Vegas in September last year.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror newspaper, 28-year-old Oritsé said: ''Zayn spoke to me when we were together in Vegas last year. Niall (Horan) did too. Zayn was talking to me in confidence. I told him he had a great run and to enjoy it. They are very, very blessed guys.
'It's a very special thing and not a lot of artists show gratitude for that. But I told him to be himself and to keep going.''
Malik quit One Direction last month due to stress, while JLS announced their split in April, 2013.