Stereo Kicks' Jake Sims says talking about One Direction's Zayn Malik is a ''touchy'' subject for most of the band.

The 'Love Me So' singer thinks it's a ''massive'' loss that Zayn left 1D but that people should ''respect'' his decision.

When asked how they felt about Zayn's departure Jake told BANG Showbiz: ''It is a touchy subject for quite a lot of people. It's his choice and everyone's got to respect that. It's a massive loss to One Direction because they were amazing as a five. But good luck to them as a four, I am sure they will carry on smashing everything.''

Stereo Kicks - who came fourth on the 'X Factor' in 2014 - have said they are focusing on their music and don't pay much attention gossip and everything else going on in the world of pop.

They did however, wish Zayn luck with his solo career, which they think is ''amazing''.

Jake added: ''Good luck to Zayn doing his solo career, It's amazing he is doing that and I am sure he will do well. But we haven't been focused on that we've been focused on our launch for the single.''

Stereo Kicks will play a launch party for their single 'Love Me So' on 21 June at London's Shepherds Bush Empire and their debut single 'Love Me So' is out on June 21.