Zayn Malik has officially left One Direction.

The news was announced on Facebook this morning.

He says he wants to start acting more like a normal 22-year-old lad without the spotlight on him.

The other four will continue on as One Direction.

The news has crushed devastated fans who love Zayn and they shared their thoughts online.

First they were in denial about the whole thing:

@explaincalum Zayn Malik, tell me this isn’t true

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@EmmaModin @zaynmalik please tell me it’s dream
@h0ldmeobrien @zaynmalik this cant be real.

Then they started really freaking out:

@maricharlson1 @zaynmalik WHY WOULD YOU LEAVE US

@contagiousnial @zaynmalik WHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHY

@HemmingsHellox @zaynmalik PLEASE DONT LEAVE IM ACTUALLY ABOUT TO CRY IN SCHOOL AND I NEVER CRY IM FRONT OF ANYONE

@emmieshouse goodbye cruel world

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@Loresaenz99 My worst nightmare has come true 😭 @onedirection @zaynmalik

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