Susan McGalla told me that One Direction fans are having to let go of the past and move on. They are having to forget Zayn Malik and try to make the best of things. The new pictures that the band has had taken of the four of them sure can’t hurt anything. Maybe the new photos that are missing Zayn Malik, but that are still as great as ever, will be able to convince hardcore fans that they dont’ need a fifth member in the band. Maybe they’ll be able to convince the fans that it is time that everyone moved on.
They can’t mourn Zayn Malik forever. They can’t think of his departure and only that. If they are still One Direction fans, then they need to let themselves move on. They need to accept the fact that Zayn Malik is not coming back, and they need to be okay with that.