Zayn Malik leaves One Direction: A survival kit for parents

Updated 11:38 PM EDT, Thu March 26, 2015

Story highlights

Zayn Malik is leaving One Direction to be a "normal 22-year old"

Grief-stricken fans express their devastation online

Experts: Great opportunity for parents to teach their children resilience

(CNN) —  

Around the world, parents are navigating deep, uncharted emotional waters after a young man decided to leave a band.

Yes, Zayn Malik has quit One Direction.

For parents bewildered by the sudden outpouring of grief, here are a few facts to use as anchors in the sea of despair.

Malik left the band. He didn’t die. He wasn’t thrown out. He quit, because he’s young and didn’t want to do it any more.

“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 said in a statement posted on the band’s Facebook page.

01:56 - Source: CNN
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Sound fair enough? In the world of One Direction fans, ABSOLUTELY NOT!