"THIS IS THE END OF THE WORLD": The most hyperbolic responses to Zayn Malik leaving "One Direction"

Chaos erupts among the band's 37 million Facebook followers and 23 million Twitter followers

Published March 25, 2015 6:13PM (EDT)

Zayn Malik      (AP/Joel Ryan)
Zayn Malik (AP/Joel Ryan)

If you're one of One Direction’s many fans — 37 million Facebook followers and counting — you will have received some very tragic news today. Zayn Malik — the spunky tenor with the eyelashes that won't quit — has announced he has leaving the beloved boy band for good. One Direction shared the news via their Facebook page today, with Zayn explaining that he is leaving "because [he] want[s] to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight," while the rest of the band will continue as a four-piece. Naturally, the tragic news has elicited the sort of extreme reaction you'd expect from one of the world's most rabid and militant teen fandoms (including a whole bunch of hashtags that make it seem like Zayn has died -- #AlwaysInOurHeartsZaynMalik) . A moment of silence, please:

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By Anna Silman

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