Now that the world has had a good, oh, 17 hours to digest the news that Zayn has left One Direction, you might think that Directioners would have gained a little perspective on the whole thing.
Fortunately, their teeth-gnashing provides amusement for the rest of us, so we've picked some of the best tweets from the last day to sum up the impact that young Mr. Malik's decision has had on a generation of teenyboppers.
Firstly, however, there was the adult reaction - like that of Take That's Howard Donald and Gary Barlow (who have been there, done that, etc.)
— Howard Donald (@HowardDonald) March 25, 2015
Sending my best to all the 1D boys ! #thatters we've all been there haven't we ? !!!!!
— Gary Barlow (@GaryBarlow) March 25, 2015
Other celebs chimed in, too:
Zayn Malik has left One Direction. Life will never be quite the same again.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) March 25, 2015
so.. i have EXCITING news. Gotta keep it under wraps for a few days. *Hint - Rhymes with - 'Time da brew ember dove Sun Erection'. #intrigue
— chris o'dowd (@BigBoyler) March 25, 2015
Saddest day in music since Tupac died. pic.twitter.com/K4T9wWie4U
— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) March 20, 2015
His former bandmates eventually tweeted, although didn't directly mention 'the incident'...
So glad to be in bed after a long and strange 24 hours
— Liam (@Real_Liam_Payne) March 26, 2015
All the love as always. H
— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) March 26, 2015
And then there were the fans. There was heartbreak:
My last piece of my heart just broke by zayn malik.
— zayn wyd (@dhornylarry) March 26, 2015
have you been in love? me: yes with whom? me: zayn malik have you been hurt? me: yes by whom? me: zayn malik
— I LOVE YOU ZAYN (@loveyxzayn) March 26, 2015
I BET ZAYN'S GONNA COME BACK ONE DAY VERY SOON AND DON'T BELIEVE ANYTHING YOU READ
— rosa,! (@7upziall) March 25, 2015
I don't believe that if Zayn was actually leaving the band he would do it through a Facebook post written by management #ZaynMalik
— I LOVE YOU ZAYN (@_1DftJanoskian_) March 26, 2015
IM BLAMING THOSE WHO DIDN'T RESPECT ZAYN PRIVACY BC OF THEM THIS HAPPENED SO FUCK THEM ALL NO FUCK THIS IM DONE #AlwaysInOurHeartsZaynMalik
— ZAYN ILY T_T (@Photozaynthesis) March 25, 2015
Who even spells their name like that anyway I'm glad you left Zayn fuck you
— Samantha Ravndahl (@SsssamanthaaMUA) March 25, 2015
I got a little too angry about Zayn. pic.twitter.com/OgDJ0kyr7l
— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) March 25, 2015
ZAYN WHAT THE FUCK YOU HO ASS BITCH WTF HOW COULD YOU DO THIS
— cry bby enya (@en_jajaja) March 25, 2015
FUCK YOU ZAYN FUCK YOU WHY DO YOU HAVE TO LEAVE WHY DO YOU HAVE TO BREAK MY HEART WHY DO YOU HAVE TO TEAR ME APART WHY @zaynmalik
— ella ; (@ruuella) March 26, 2015
And finally, there was acceptance.
I respect Zayn's decision and I respect the other 4 for continuing on. It's going to be hard, please don't make it even harder on them.
— Micaela & Jordyn (@1DAlerts) March 26, 2015
I'm past the sadness now and I'm beginning to accept whats happened. Zayn will forever be part of the band and we can only move forward x
— 1DGPS (@1DGPSOfficial) March 26, 2015
"I've been crying all day and I just realized that this is for the best. zayn will be so much happier."
— we love you zayn x (@honestfandom) March 26, 2015
It could be worse. It could be Harry.
— Carina MacKenzie (@cadlymack) March 25, 2015
So long, Zayn.