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Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson Break Silence After Zayn Malik’s Shocking Departure From One Direction

Harry and Liam react to Zayn's departure from One Direction
Harry and Liam react to Zayn's departure from One Direction

Harry Styles and Liam Payne were back on Twitter late on Wednesday, March 25, addressing their fans for the first time since Zayn Malik's shocking departure from One Direction earlier in the day.

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The duo returned to social media after an emotional performance as a foursome in Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital, on 1D’s On the Road Again Tour. As Us Weekly previously reported, Styles, 21, was videoed crying onstage during the performance.

Styles' first post-Zayn tweet was an attempt to comfort and support One Direction's loyal (and devastated) fans following his former 22-year-old bandmate's decision to quit. "All the love as always. H," he wrote.

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Two hours later, Payne added his message to the Twittersphere. "So glad to be in bed after a long and strange 24 hours," the singer, 21, wrote, evidently feeling the exhaustion following a headline-making day.

Both Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson followed suit a few hours later tweeting their thanks and excitement about the rest of the group's tour. 

Fans responded instantly, generally happy to hear from their heartthrobs as they struggled to cope with news of Malik's departure, and sending love back to their idols as they remained emotional, many saying they were still in tears.

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Malik made the shocking announcement that he was leaving the band via a Facebook post earlier in the day, apologizing for letting his fans down. "I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight," he wrote of his decision.

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