One Direction fans basically lost it after Zayn Malik announced Wednesday he is leaving the English-Irish boy band.
"My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined,” the singer, 22, wrote on Facebook. “But, after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band.”
The instant fallout includes, on Twitter alone, three trending phrases, including #ByeZayn. Some fans ever changed their Twitter handles to "Always, Zayn."
'You & I' without Zayn Malik, is going to be the hardest thing to ever deal without hearing ever again in your life— Always, Zayn ?? (@zaynbaabe) March 25, 2015
@zaynmalik needs your love & support, at the end he's a human and he deserves to be happy. x— I Am Mr. X (@OfficialMrX) March 25, 2015
Vines with montages of Zayn also popped up.
@zaynmalik if this is what makes u happy and what u need, i accept it. Just always remember that we love u and we gonna miss u so much. Ily.— la??? af ? (@larry_truelove3) March 25, 2015
Another fan wrote #AlwaysInOurHeartsZaynMalik.
Even celebs took it hard, like Kevin McHale of “Glee.”
"But Zayn's voice...like butter! Still my fav. Do you, Zayn, do you," he wrote.
On a real note, you gotta do what's best and healthiest for you. You can't please everyone. Respect, @zaynmalik.— Kevin McHale (@druidDUDE) March 25, 2015
And there were many thanks from loyal fans:
@zaynmalik PLEASE NEVER FORGET THAT WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH FOREVER AND ALWAYS— Jasmine (@adorxblezaynie) March 25, 2015
And, of course, some had to grieve.
All I'm going to say on the matter is I feel betrayed on a very personal level. Now please leave me alone with my grief. #ByeZayn— Matt Blair (@NotADoorBlair) March 25, 2015
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 ??— Forever Zayn 8 (@givingsolodms) March 25, 2015
Just promise us one thing @zaynmalik....don't forget where you belong.— we love you zayn (@5tharry) March 25, 2015
The knot in the pit of my stomach..it will be permanent. #ZaynMalik— i love you zayn (@AshleiNoyes) March 25, 2015