One Direction Fans ‘Break Down’ After Zayn Malik Quits Twitter

Singer cites 'hate' as one of the reasons for saying goodbye to his nearly 5 million followers.

For anyone heading over to Zayn Malik’s Twitter page, they won’t see any updates from the One Direction singer. Malik unplugged from the social networking site on Tuesday, citing online hate as the main cause behind the breakup.

“The reason i don’t tweet as much as i use to, is because I’m sick of all the useless opinions and hate that i get daily goodbye twitter,” he wrote, the Huffington Post reports, noting he had nearly 5 million followers at the time of his departure. “My fans that have something nice to say can tweet me on the one direction account, x.”

Even though rest of 1D remains on the site, Zayn’s departure spawned tearful missives fans, sparked trends like #ComeBackZayn and #ZaynComeBack and prompted campaigns to get the heartthrob back online.

“‏Roses are red. violets are blue. Dear zayn malik, Directioners miss you:’( @onedirection,” @ivanayola tweeted in the wake of his departure. @francesantosx added, “Ughhh, I’ll never forget this day. When @zaynmalik deactivated his Twitter account. I’m gonna break down.”

Several fans tweeted their support to the One Direction singer and shut down the “hate” that drove him away from the site. “Dear Zayn Malik : I’ll stand by you I’ll stand by you Won’t let nobody hurt you I’ll stand by you (Cc: @onedirection),” @Tammy407 said.

“Zayn, there MORE people who LOVE you THEN HATE you@zaynmalik,” @linnea988 said. @zahralowlow wrote, “Zayn Malik deserves no hate, If he wasn’t famous yall wouldn’t know about him. So whats the point of hating on him.”

The U.K. “X Factor” also tweeted about Malik’s Twitter farewell. But the British competition show kept things a bit more on the cheeky side: “Let us all observe a minute’s silence to pay our respects to Zayn Malik’s Twitter account. @onedirection.” (Zayn and the 1D boys competed on the show before becoming international singing sensations.)

Malik’s departure from Twitter is hardly unprecedented. Several other highly visible pop stars also bid their fond farewells to the site, including Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato and John Mayer. (Both Miley and Demi have since returned.)

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