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One Direction stars post spoof video after Zayn Malik's exit

One Direction star Liam Payne has attempted to "lighten the mood" after Zayn Malik's shock exit from the group's world tour by posting a comedy video of his bandmate Niall Horan online.

Fans of the band were left reeling on Thursday (19Mar15) when Malik walked off the pop group's global trek and flew back to his native Britain to deal with "stress".

Payne has now attempted to cheer up the band's fans by creating a humorous video with Horan, who is seen dressed as an old man, talking at the camera and then shuffling out of the room.

The footage, which was posted on Payne's Instagram.com page, shows Horan wearing a flat cap, wig and spectacles, staggering along with a walking stick as he talks in a heavy Irish accent, prompting giggles from those around him.

Payne posted the video with the caption, "This should lighten the mood."

He also wrote, "What a day."

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