We’ve all been here before, people.
In case you somehow missed the NEWS THAT BROKE THE INTERNET today, Zayn Malik has left One Direction. He has abandoned his four fellow band-mates. Stranded them. Left them to fend for themselves. Worse? He’s broken millions of young and impressionable female hearts worldwide.
But we’ve seen it all before, right? One member of the band wants out, storms out, and the others bravely soldier on. But the magic is gone, and they eventually call it a day amid finger-pointing, rehab stints and endless attempted reunions for comeback tours.
Here are 7 other band break-ups that almost broke us. And the stories behind which band member tore the groups apart…
1. The Beatles.
In possibly the first hair-tearing teen split, John Lennon told the Beatles that he wanted out of the Biggest Band in the Entire Universe Ever in September, 1969. This traitorous move was widely blamed on his intense, marriage-ending relationship with performance artist Yoko Ono, forever spawning the phrase, ‘She’s doing a Yoko’ when a high-profile girlfriend is perceived to come between musos. But it was really all over when Paul McCartney started to work on a solo album, secretly, the same year.
The promotional material for the album contained a fact sheet that spelt out the end for The Beatles as a group, with a slight jab at band-mate John Lennon thrown in too. It read:
Q: “Is your break with the Beatles temporary or permanent, due to personal differences or musical ones?”
A: “Personal differences, business differences, musical differences, but most of all because I have a better time with my family. Temporary or permanent? I don’t really know.”
Q: “Do you foresee a time when Lennon-McCartney becomes an active songwriting partnership again?”
It was truly the end of an era, and a gazillion screaming girls were silenced.
2. Spice Girls.
It was a sad morning in 1998 when Geri Halliwell, aka Ginger Spice, announced she was done with the Spice Girls.
“Sadly I would like to confirm that I have left the Spice Girls,” Halliwell said in a statement at the time, leaving teens everywhere in total denial. “This is because of differences between us. I am sure the group will continue to be successful and I wish them all the best. I have no immediate plans. I wish to apologise to all the fans and to thank them for everyone who has been there.”
Mel B says, “When Geri left the group it was bad. She left on my birthday. She just didn’t show up one day.”
It was the beginning of the end. Who else could throw in Zig-A-Zig-Ah into a song and make it an instant worldwide classic?
The Spice Girls teetered on for X months before announcing the dream was over in 2000.
We’re still not over it. *Sobs*