Last Updated Mar 25, 2015 4:20 PM EDT
Zayn Malik's One Direction exit announcement caused a social media stir on Wednesday -- sparking everything from tears to cheers.
Malik said in a statement that his time with One Direction "has been more than I could ever have imagined."
"But, after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band," he said. "I'd like to apologize to the fans if I've let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right in my heart...I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight."
Social media was abuzz Wednesday with posts from celebrities, Directioners and non-fans alike. See some of the best reactions to Malik's departure: