"I am leaving [One Direction] because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight." And with that simple wish, Zayn Malik broke tween hearts across the world.
Zayn Malik quitting One Direction has sparked a plethora of epic meltdowns, but also Twitter trends like #AlwaysInOurHeartsZaynMalik, #ByeZayn, "Two Directions," and "Zayne" because apparently people are so distraught they've lost the ability to spell.
The sadness is real everybody. Here are 22 Directioners for whom it is the REALEST.
Today is a pretty rough day.
We just can't even right now.
And this is how you're telling us?
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Our posters are now constant reminders of what we've lost.
Did April Fool's come early?
Can nothing be done?!
Real life has stopped.
Don't question the magnitude of our sorrow.
We must mourn this.
Zayn Malik is core to our identity.
And this just isn't the same.
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IT JUST ISN'T.
We have too many memories.
This is pretty much where we are at with this.
Thanks a lot, haters.
It'll ALWAYS be you, Zayn.
And by the way, all the "Two Directions" people need to learn the definition of TOO SOON.
Our tear ducts are rivers right now.
So goodbye, Zayn.
You will always mean the world to us.
Our grief is indescribable.
The light is gone. We just need a minute. Maybe a billion minutes.