This Is What One Direction Looks Like Now Without Zayn Malik

New One Direction, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson

Everyone deals with grief in their own way, so don’t think of this as us pushing you to move on. But it is a little nudge to get through this tragic time.

As One Direction fans know, March 25 marked the unfortunate day when Zayn Malik announced that he was leaving the group. And though Zayn’s announcement that he is leaving the Simon Cowell-fashioned boy band after a mindblowingly successful five-year run may have come as a shock to many, it apparently surprised no one close to the 22-year-old from West Yorkshire.

Malik had said in a statement that he had left 1D because he wants to be a “normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight.” He called the remaining band members his “friends for life.”

So, the only respectful thing to do now is to respect Zayn’s wishes, and attempt to move forward with our lives knowing that One Direction is now a chart-topping band of four.

To start the healing process, we offer these pictures of the band without Malik…(we know it’s tough, you guys, but you gotta learn to let go for Zayn’s sake).

PHOTOS: One Direction, the way they were

New One Direction, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images

New One Direction, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson Jason Kempin/Getty Images

New One Direction, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson Getty Images

New One Direction, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson Getty Images

New One Direction, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson Getty Images

New One Direction, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson Getty Images

New One Direction, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson

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