Liam Payne admits 'it's ok to be sad and upset' in emotional tweet following Zayn Malik's exit from 1D

Following Zayn Malik's shocking departure from One Direction on Wednesday, the four remaining members of the band broke their silence on Thursday morning, sending separate tweets to their millions of fans. But it appeared Liam Payne had more to say, and sent a longer, more heartfelt tweet later on Thursday evening.

"In light of recent events I think this is important to say", he began his message to his over 19million Twitter followers.

Liam Payne and Zayn Malik's close bond began in 2010 when they met on The X Factor

"For the past five years now I've been part of something so special I don't think any of us really understand, something that can mean the world to people and put a smile on the face of our fans even in the darkest times.

"To a lot of people it's just a bunch of silly kids in a band but to the people involved it means so much more.

"This last week has been some of the worst times, possibly the worst it's something we are all deeply saddened by. It's sad to think for the time being we won't grace the stage as five bros or have the same fun on a tour bus or laughs in a hotel together that we have over the years but I'm super sure us and zayn will always remain the closest friends."

Liam Payne is known as the "responsible one" by One Direction fans

Twenty-one year old Liam continued: "I guess what I'm really trying to say is it's far from over.

"When we very 1st became successful we all agreed that one direction had become much bigger than each individual member that's why I feel like right now it's ok to be sad and upset but I do ask everyone who is a fan of us to please keep ur faith in us I'm sure there's a lot more to come all love, Liam."

Liam, Harry, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan, have now all responded to fears from fans around the world that the band may not call it a day. In a tweet sent Thursday morning, Louis wrote: "Been a crazy couple of days but know that we are going to work harder than ever to deliver the best album we've ever made for you guys!"

One Direction were formed in 2010

He added: "Your support has been incredible, truly incredible so thank you so much !"

Niall meanwhile tweeted: "Been a mad few days and your support has been incredible as per usual ! This in turn Spurs us on to make the best music we possibly can.

"Put on great shows / tours for you guys. You are the best fans in the world and you deserve nothing less from us!"