March 25, 2015 was the day Zayn Malik altered the course of One Direction‘s future. In a lengthy Facebook status, the band announced Z was departing the band, leaving Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne to continue on as a four-piece boy band until they went on their hiatus in December of that same year. We now have five thriving solo artists who might all be doing different things but will always share a connection to the group that turned them into the superstars they are now.

Since the “Pillowtalk” crooner made that choice to say goodbye to his life as a member of the world’s biggest boy band, a lot has been said. He and Louis even got into a very public Twitter spat, which left fans feeling simply sad. They used to be such good buds and even have matching Bus 1 tattoos, so this was something we all took personally. Zayn went on to give multiple interviews expressing how pretty much during most of his time in 1D, he wasn’t all that happy and was craving a different type of musical career. So more soul-crushing updates. The guys have shared their thoughts too on his decision to leave the band and what their friendships are all like now. As any Directioner knows, it’s been years worth of truth-telling at this point, that has been nothing short of dramatic. There have been plenty of ups and downs, but now it seems like all is peaceful, for the most part. Things may never be the same as they were during the peak of 1D mania, but we have a feeling all five guys will forever be asked about each other and the status of their friendships.

Check out the gallery below to see the full breakdown of what each guy, including Zayn himself, has said about Z’s choice to leave 1D and if they’re even still friends anymore.

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