We were not emotionally ready for this but it has happened and there’s nothing we can do about it – Zayn Malik has officially been removed from One Direction’s On The Road Again opening video montage.
SOMEBODY HOLD US.
1D performed for the first time as an official, undisputed four piece on Saturday as they kicked off the South African leg of their tour, just three days after Zayn made the shock announcement that he was calling quits on the band.
As though to mark just how definite Zayn’s decision was, One Direction’s team were quick to digitally remove the 22-year-old hunk from the vid in time for the Johannesburg gig, which was the first ever time that One Direction had performed in South Africa.
The boys also had to cover Zayn’s solos throughout the show, with it being reported that Louis Tomlinson – who was adorably said to be the crowd favourite – took on the majority of the Bradford bad boy’s high-notes.
Good effort, Lou, we applaud you.
All in all, the South African fans appeared to do a ruddy marvellous job of showing our four remaining 1D members just how much we bloomin’ love them, with Harry Styles admitting part-way through the show: “I won’t lie to any of you.
“Tonight was a big deal for us, and what you’ve done tonight has meant so much to us.
“We love you.”
Hazza, Lou, Niall Horan and Liam Payne were obviously a tad nervous about taking to the stage without their fifth member, but they seemed more than chuffed with the warm reception that they got from their legions of fans, and Liam took to Twitter to emotionally thank them all last night.
The star wrote: “I can see a lot of people thanking us for staying but your the real heroes here, thanks for not thinking it’s finished.”
I can see a lot of people thanking us for staying but your the real Heros here thanks for not thinking it’s finished
— Liam (@Real_Liam_Payne) March 29, 2015
All we have to say to that is thank YOU and your three bandmates for not letting it be finished, because everybody else is in for the long haul.
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