Today was a heartbreaking day for One Direction fans, as Zayn Malik announced his departure from the group and stated that he wants "to be a normal 22-year-old." "I think I'd love to be involved with it still, because obviously, we'll be working in the industry for an extended amount of time and you get used to it," Malik said in a lost interview with Rolling Stone from 2012 about what he would do if he quit the band. "Even if it wasn't as public or out there as what we do now, if it was just something even in the background, working as a studio songwriter, producing, that would always be a cool thing to do."
Fans have taken to social media to express their grief and there have been some very intense reactions. Here are five of the most insane: