Mourning Malik One Direction heartthrob Zayn Malik takes his talents in a new direction while students mourn his sudden departure. by Ramishah Maruf Teenage fangirls over the decades have survived the likes of Justin Timberlakeʼs departure from ʻNSYNC and the breakup of the Jonas Brothers. Even the ultimate boy band, The Beatles, lost John Lennon. Now, the infamous fangirls of Coral Springs are rocked with another earth-shattering revelation. Zayn Malik has left One Direction. British-Irish boy band One Direction has accumulated a massive, cult-like following in its short five years of existence. With devotees of this extremity not seen since the days of ʻ90s boy bands, the fame was simply too much for the emotionally tortured singer. Malik announced his departure just days after he was caught holding hands with a woman in Thailand while his fiancée was home in England. Girls throughout the hallways were evidently devastated the minute the news broke. The courtyard turned into a therapy session as students, tissues in hand, comforted one another. “My friend texted me that Zayn left in the middle of a chemistry lab. I broke down crying, I just couldnʼt help it,” sophomore Lauren Goldstein said. Anguished fans around the world used Twitter and other social media platforms to express their sorrow. A staggering 11 million tweets about Malik were sent out the day he left. Fans coped by posting videos of their hysterical tears, heartfelt picture collages and shrines complete with cardboard cutouts and candles. “If it wasnʼt for social media, Zayn leaving wouldnʼt be such a big deal,” junior Kylie Simmons said. “Iʼm sure girls back then were just as upset when bands like the Beatles broke up, but they didnʼt have the opportunity to communicate that sorrow with millions of people on the internet.” Zayn Malik may be going in another direction, but his angelic voice and good looks will remain everlasting in the minds -- and Twitter accounts -- of fangirls everywhere.