You might think it's not, but being in a pop band is shit.
It's great, of course. But it's also shit.
None of us can really understand what it's like. As supposedly normal people we worry about money and we worry about our futures and when we see an internationally successful artist being moody and sad we all too often think "YES WELL AT LEAST YOU'VE GOT ONE OR SEVERAL NICE HOMES THAT YOU OWN OUTRIGHT AND AT LEAST YOU HAVE LOVELY HAIR".
And actually that's a really stupid way to look at the situation because we simply do not understand what it's like to have spent five years at (or slightly to the right of) the epicentre of the modern fame industry.
We joke about people being selfish when they leave pop bands, and sometimes we forget it's a joke and we start getting angry. And sometimes we also forget that underneath the beautiful hair there is a human being who is often deeply unhappy. And being in the public eye when you're deeply unhappy is desperate and dangerous.
So while it's sad that Zayn's left One Direction:
1. If he's doing to be happy for a bit before being sad for a bit before being happy again then as decent people we should probably just let him do that rather than making him stand on a box and jump up and down while we clap and laugh and point at him.
2. They were probably going to split up soon anyway so CALM DOWN.