Fellow band member Liam Payne released a statement Thursday via Twitter, writing that it's OK for fans to be sad, but not to give up hope on the "Story of My Life" singers' future. He also wrote that the band also has been greatly affected by Zayn's exit, saying, "This last week has been some of the worst of times." But never fear, Directioners! They're not breaking up...yet.
"In light of recent events I think this is important to say. For the past five years now I've been part of something so special I don't think any of us really understand, something that can mean the world to people and put a smile on the face of our fans even in the darkest times," he wrote. "To a lot of people it's just a bunch of silly kids in a band but to the people involved it means so much more. This last week has been some of the worst times, possibly the worst it's something we are all deeply saddened by.
"It's sad to think for the time being we won't grace the stage as five bros or have the same fun on a tour bus or laughs in a hotel together that we have over the years but I'm super sure us and zayn will always remain the closest friends. I guess what I'm really trying to say is it's far from over," his statement continued.
"When we very 1st became successful we all agreed that one direction had become much bigger than each individual member that's why I feel like right now it's ok to be sad and upset but I do ask everyone who is a fan of us to please keep ur faith in us I'm sure there's a lot more to come all love," he ended it.
He then signed it "Liam," and with that we can all breathe a sigh of relief that we still have four of the "bros" left to serenade us with their wonderful voices. In the words of Noah Calhoun, "It wasn't over. It still isn't over!"
Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson also broke their silences on Twitter after Zayn's exit. "Been a mad few days and your support has been incredible as per usual!" Horan tweeted. "This in turn spurs us on to make the best music we possibly can."
Tomlinson echoed his pal's words, adding that they would be working on the group's next album.
"Been a crazy couple of days but know that we are going to work harder than ever to deliver the best album we've ever made for you guys!" Tomlinson wrote on his Twitter page. "Your support has been incredible, truly incredible so thank you so much!"