It’s official - Zayn Malik has quit One Direction. And Twitter is having a bit of a breakdown.
The singer has decided to leave the band midway through their ‘On Their Road Again’ tour, leaving Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne to continue as a four-piece.
As you’d expect, thousands of fans have taken to Twitter to share their thoughts on the matter and many are… well, nothing short of totally distraught.
@zaynmalik zayn you can't leave the group :( pleaseeee this is only a struggle, please hold on to us, to the lads :(— Alliah Gandi (@alliahshaye) March 25, 2015
@zaynmalik this can't be real zayn are you serious— kaitlin♡ॐ (@kaiiixo) March 25, 2015
@zaynmalik Zayn Thats not true..say that this is a lie..it was a fucking joke right 😭😭 YOU'RE NOT LEAVING DONT YOU 😭😭😭— Nessy Scarlett (@SakuraxxMoments) March 25, 2015
@zaynmalik WHY WOUKD U DO THIS TO US— m ! (@kittxnhes) March 25, 2015
NO NO NO IT CANT B REAL NO!!! WITHOUT @zaynmalik IT CANT BE ONE DIRECTION IT JUST CANT— Juju Horan (@juju1DHoran) March 25, 2015
@zaynmalik TELL ME THIS IS AN EARLY APRIL FOOLS JOKE— . (@HarrysSoreAnal) March 25, 2015
THIS ID SO SUDDEN WYT IS THUS WHAT @ZAYNMALIK WHAT ARETYU DUOING ILYSM ABD RESOECT YOUR DECISION BUT WHAT— boots || bio (@marriedlwt) March 25, 2015
Although one person did put forward an interesting idea…
Apparently Zayn Malik has left Top Gear and Jeremy Clarkson has joined 1 Direction.— Mike King (@mikekingphoto) March 25, 2015
The news was confirmed on Facebook on Wednesday afternoon, and Zayn’s section of the band's statement reads: “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 apologise to the fans if I've let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right in my heart. I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight. I know I have four friends for life in Louis, Liam, Harry and Niall. I know they will continue to be the best band in the world."