Zayn Malik Leaves One Direction: See the Funniest Tweets About the Sad News

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Zayn Malik is leaving One Direction. Frazer Harrison/AMA2014/Getty Images for DCP

Gotta be you, Zayn! One Direction fans were devastated to learn on Wednesday, March 25, that singer Zayn Malik is leaving the boy band. 

"My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined," Malik, 22, said in a statement posted to the group's official Facebook page. "But, after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band."

The four remaining members, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson, supported Malik in a group statement, adding, "We're really sad to see Zayn go, but we totally respect his decision and send him all our love for the future. The past five years have been beyond amazing, we've gone through so much together, so we will always be friends."

While One Direction faithfuls expressed their grief, shock, and dismay over Malik's exit on social media, some celebrities and even brands used the chart-topping performer's decision to leave as an opportunity for a little comic relief. Multiple stars, including Kaskade and Peter Sagal, volunteered themselves for the Brit's spot, while Denny's diner offered its restaurants as a haven for mourning Directioners. 

Read the funniest reactions below!

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