Oh God, Oh God, Oh God, Zayn Malik Is Leaving One Direction

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PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 11:  (EDITORIAL USE ONLY; NO COVERS; NO USE IN ANY MAGAZINE OR OTHER PUBLICATION BASED PREDOMINANTLY ON ONE DIRECTION OR ANY ONE OR MORE MEMBERS OF ONE DIRECTION)  Singer Zayn Malik of One Direction performs onstage during the One Direction" Where We Are" Tour at Rose Bowl on September 11, 2014 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/OneD/Getty Images)
Zayn, noooooo. Photo: Jeff Kravitz/OneD/Getty

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Zayn Malik is leaving One Direction, as announced by the band’s official Facebook page. “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,” he writes, a reasonable follow-up to the recent news that he was dropping out of the band’s remaining tour dates. We were right to be worried! Now 1D will lose one fifth of the squad, and they still have to make another album. Their contract with Columbia and Simon Cowell’s Syco demands five albums (four of which they have already released) plus one Greatest Hits. More solo time for Louis? Sure, but we’re going to miss the dark-haired tenor. Get ready for mass teenage panic.

After five incredible years Zayn Malik has decided to leave OneDirection. Niall, Harry, Liam and Louis will continue as...

Posted by One Direction on Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Zayn Malik Is Leaving One Direction