Zayn Malik had left the group after five years, and resounding sobs were heard from Directioners worldwide.Could One Direction be left directionless without one of its key members? On Wednesday the British boy band revealed that
"Niall [Horan], Harry [Styles], Liam [Payne], and Louis [Tomlinson] 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," their Facebook message read.
In an accompanying statement, Malik himself revealed why he had quit. “I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight,” he wrote.
So will the band be as strong without Malik by their side? We look back at the big boy band breakups of the past and, to be honest, it could go either way:
The Backstreet Boys
After forming in 1993, this five-strong band hit a road bump when Kevin Richardson decided to leave in 2006. Two days after he