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Zayn Malik Has Left One Direction And The Internet's Lost Its Mind

So many ~feelings~.

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It has been confirmed this afternoon that after five years in the band, Zayn Malik has left One Direction.

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The news was confirmed in a statement released on Twitter by the band's PR company, in which Zayn said: "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."

And, predictably, it wasn't long before the internet went into complete meltdown over the news.

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There was disbelief.

This isn't real it can't be real zayn no

NO THIS CAN'T BE TRUE ZAYN OHH NO PLEASE IM NOT OKAY

@onedirection no way Zayn this can't be true 😭😭😭😭😭😭 ZAYN OH GOD

OH GOD

Like, maybe they were hacked?

Zayn will never leave the band maybe someone hacked their Facebook account

There was panic that the world just wouldn't be the same without him.

WITHOUT ZAYN NOTHING IS THE SAME

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THE REST OF THE BOYS CANT BE CALLED ONE DIRECTION BECAUSE ITS NOT ONE DIRECTION WITHOUT ZAYN

People just couldn't see how they would go on.

ZAYN IS LEAVING ONE DIRECTION my life is over RIP me

There were the inevitable "I definitely saw this coming" comments.

I always expected Zayn to be the first to leave, I just didn't expect him to leave so soon :(

Other people weren't so heartbroken.

jesus, Zayn, couldn't you wait til after lunch?

And found time for puns.

ZAYN IS LEAVING ONE DIRECTION THAT IS INZAYN!

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This joke was made a couple of times.

Zayn Malik is leaving One Direction, he's apparently going in a different direction.

I guess Zayn Malik's life just wasn't going in the right direction...

And pretty much everyone in the UK made the same damn Jeremy Clarkson joke.

Zayn heard the news about the top gear vacancy. Maybe.

shout out to zayn for drowning out Clarkson today, truly the hero we need.

So, Zayn steps up to take the heat off Clarkson. That was unexpected.

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Zayn Malik is replacing Clarkson.

So, basically Clarkson and Zayn are swapping, yes?

There were tears.

WHT IS ZAYN DOING HE CANT LEAV THE BAND IM CRYING

So many tears.

I'M LITERALLY CRYING RIGHT NOW 1D IS NO LONGER 1D WITHOUT ZAYN AND IT WILL ONLY BE A COUPLE MONTHS BEFORE THEY ALL LEAVE 😭

THE FACT THAT WE WILL NEVER GET TO HEAR ZAYN'S HIGH NOTE AGIN IM SPOBBING KILL ME

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There was straight-up hysteria.

I HONESTLY THOUGHT ZAYN WAS JUST ON A LITTLE BREAK. I WAS SURE HE WOUKD COME BACK TO US. BUT NO HE LEFT US ALL FOREVER....

ZAYN IS LEAVING THE BAND SKEKSJ IM LITERALLY SHAKING -M

YOU PROMISED US A CONCERT.

BUT ZAYN YOU PROMISED A CONCERT IN YEAR 2105 YOU CANT LEAVE US NOW

I FEEL SOOO BETRAYED.

I FEEL SOOO BETRAYED BY ZAYN. I CANT EVEN PUT IT INTO WORDS HOW SAD AND HEARTBROKEN I FEEL

I WON'T BELIEVE IT UNTIL ZAYN TWEETS IT.

OK WHAT ABOUT WE ALL DON'T BELIEVE ANYTHING UNTIL ZAYN TWEETS IT

I HATE THIS LIFE.

I JUST WOKE UP AND ZAYN LEFT IM CRYING SO HARD I HATE THIS LIFE

Parts of people's souls were ripped away.

ZAYN LEAVING THE BAND LITERALLY RIPPED A PART OF MY SOUL AWAY OF ME

Hearts were lost.

OH MY GOD I JUST HEARD ABOUT ZAYN AND I FEEL LIKE I LOST A PART OF MY HEART

So much so that people lost control of the keyboard.

HE CMAT DO THIS THWYRE IN THIS TOFWTHWE THIS ISNT THE LART OF ONE DIRECTION ISNT THAT WHAT TOU SAID ZAYN DONT DHJS

The ~media~ was blamed.

thank you, media, thank you for putting so much pressure on zayn that he had no choice but to leave. thank you. thanks.

cant believe zayn left like really wtf if people would have respected him and didnt make lying rumours he probably wouldnt have left

There were calls for imprisonment.

SOMEONE YOUNGER THAN ME ON TWITTER SAID ZAYN IS NOT HER GENERATION, CAN WE HAVE HER JAILED.

Dangerous driving occurred.

But, above all, there was support for Zayn.

Guess nobody can joke anymore.. I support Zayn's decision; he deserves his own happiness no matter how "inconvenient" it may be for others

No amount of words or actions can ever describe how much Zayn has done for us. We love you so much

And this heartbreaking realisation. 💔

The saddest thing ever will be when ZaynMalik1D changes his Twitter name in Zayn Malik 💔

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