After news of Zayn Malik leaving the highly successful boyband One Direction spread like wildfire, fans quickly took to social media to pay their respects and express their disappointment.
Malik’s fiancé Perrie Edward, who many fans speculate to be the sole reason for the male singer’s departure, has been called by many as a Yoko Ono.
It should be recalled that Yoko Ono was also blamed when the Beatles split in 1970 due to her relationship with John Lennon.
Perrie is stopping zayn from spreading his wings to fly
— kim ✌️ (@kimostw) March 26, 2015
The online attack against Perrie Edwards isn’t the most disturbing thing about Malik’s departure, though. The hashtag #cut4Zayn trended, and it involved fans cutting themselves and posting pictures as proof. People against the hashtag decided to offer some tips on how to deal with Zayn Malik’s departure.
It doesn’t stop there. Manchester Evening News has reported that “Manchester-based Peninsula received 220 calls to its Employer Advice Service.” The calls came from workers planning to ask employment law experts on how to request a “compassionate leave” because of Malik’s quitting One Direction.
“‘It was a situation you just couldn’t make up,” employment law director Alan Price was quoted as saying.
Ex-Spice Girls member Geri Halliwell seemed to have offered her support to Zayn Malik. Halliwell had decided to leave the girl group on 1998, shattering the hearts of fans from all around the world.
In a cryptic tweet posted on March 26, Halliwell appeared to be pertaining to Malik.
Hello , thinking of you. Hope whatever is going on in your life it’s going well. X
— Geri Halliwell (@GeriHalliwell) March 25, 2015
Meanwhile, it has been announced that One Direction will still continue as a group of four, promising fans that they will still continue to perform despite Malik’s absence.
Also read: Confirmed – Zayn Malik Leaves One Direction