A few hours earlier, Liam Payne posted that he was just happy the day was over:
Harry Styles fired off five and a half words, to the tune of 400,000 retweets:
Niall thanked fans for their support, and promised the lineup change would only spur them to make better music:
Malik has not commented yet, with his Twitter handle continuing to read @zaynmalik1D.
For One Direction, A Clean Break From Zayn Was the Right Move
"After five incredible years Zayn Malik has decided to leave One Direction," a note from the band posted on Facebook read on Wednesday. "Niall, Harry, Liam and Louis will continue as a four-piece and look forward to the forthcoming concerts of their world tour and recording their fifth album, due to be released later this year."