Zayn Malik’s shocking departure from One Direction sent Twitter into meltdown on Wednesday, but it seems that the majority of fans were actually SUPPORTING the star’s decision.
According to TheySay, the surprise announcement generated a pretty impressive 3.3 million tweets in just one day, 69% of which were ultimately sympathetic and understanding towards the former (sob) 1D singer.
So. Many. Emotions.
While Directioners were understandably left completely reeling after the sad news was announced on Wednesday afternoon (we’re still getting flashbacks), shock turned to understanding pretty darn quickly.
Oxford University’s Dr Karo Moilanen, co-founder of TheySay, said: “The degree of positivity reflects the mixed emotions that people often experience in similar ‘loss situations’ despite Malik’s shocking departure that caused obvious shock and sadness, his fans still love him dearly.
“The initial wave of sadness and shock turned into genuine support and warm sympathy very quickly.”
Aww – those Directioners really are a lovely lot.