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How Twitter's reacting to Zayn leaving One Direction

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One Direction is the first true boy band sensation of the Internet era, and in the five years since the group came together, its fandom has generated untold terabytes of 1D-related media of every conceivable type. So it’s no surprise that the announcement that Zayn Malik is leaving the group has ground the Internet to a halt under the weight of the digital response. Twitter has been flooded with reaction to the news, and so far most of the tweets seem to fall into one of just a few categories:

DENIAL

https://twitter.com/mmxii_ziam/status/580777680058073088

ANGER

https://twitter.com/tayliams/status/580773008656228353

BARGAINING

DEPRESSION

ACCEPTANCE

CALLS TO ACTION

RUNNING AWAY FROM HOME

JEREMY CLARKSON JOKES

“ANOTHER DIRECTION” JOKES

https://twitter.com/iampedrobatista/status/580782390345367552

PHILOSOPHIZING ON THE NATURE OF A ZAYN-LESS ONE DIRECTION

https://twitter.com/shatteringcth/status/580775013592141824

UNSETTLING REALNESS

Spoiler alert: There are even more broken hearts than EW was able to gather. To see more fan reactions to the news, head on over to PEOPLE.