16 Singers Whose Solo Careers Crashed After Leaving the Group (PHOTOS)

Zayn Malik may have left millions of One Direction fans heartbroken when he left the band in 2015. Just ask any of the 50,000 Twitter followers who unfollowed him in the wake of his departure. But Malik isn't the first singer who had the idea that the grass might be greener in a pasture he has all to himself. Some have enjoyed incredible success as a result of going solo -- Gwen Stefani, Beyonce, and Justin Timberlake, to name a few. But not everyone can be so lucky.


Some try hard, but the magic just isn't there without the band backing them up. Check out these 16 singers whose solo careers crashed after their leaving the group. 


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