One Direction fans were bummed when Zayn Malik dropped out of the band’s most recent tour due to stress, but upon hearing today’s news that Malik is leaving the group altogether, Directioners are having full blown meltdowns. Luckily, Twitter is capturing their adolescent melodrama in all its glory.
The tweets range from heartfelt pleas for him to reconsider, to outraged cries from ticket-holders. Some are in straight-up denial, refusing to accept the news, despite the fact that Malik has now made a formal announcement, stating, “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 apologize to the fans if I’ve let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right.”
Some have pounced on the opportunity to make some jokes at Malik’s expense. The Fluffington Post’s Matt Silverman really nails it. Wikipedia has already been updated to reflect Malik’s departure and the band has made an announcement of their own, reassuring fans that they will continue as a four piece, even though we all know those harmonies will never sound the same. We went to Twitter to see how One Direction fans were reacting to the news. The results shocked us, but also didn’t.
@zaynmalik you can’t just go. We need you. You carry the group and without you there is no one direction. Please don’t go.— 1D Updates (@1DUpdates_World) March 25, 2015
zayn leaving feels like someone took a butter knife and tried to perform open heart surgery on me— aims (@amy_deee) March 25, 2015
WE MISSED ZAYN WHEN HE WAS ON BREAK FOR A FEW DAYS AND NOW HE’S LEAVING FOREVER HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO LIVE— d ღ ℋ ପଓ*·˚tysm liam (@NarryMcCuddly) March 25, 2015
Please do not hurt or kill yourself please do not please please. I know zayn leaving is the worst thing ever but please do not hurt yourself— naomi ! (@LIFESAVERSNOUIS) March 25, 2015
I DONT WANT TO TURN THE TV ON BECAUSE EVERY CHANNEL IS GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT ZAYN LEAVING ONE DIRECTION AND I CANT HANDLE IT— IM DEAD (@flopyvalle) March 25, 2015
Who’s ready for a mental breakdown? No one? WELL YOU HAVE NO CHOICE ZAYN IS GONE!— ホープ (@Hugs4Narry) March 25, 2015
ONE DIRECTION IS DEAD IM DEAD EVERYONE IS DEAD— yung t (@L0UND0N) March 25, 2015