Former Beatle Ringo Starr knows a thing or two about the pressures of being in the biggest boyband in the world. So in a rare interview, the Zayn Malik question had to be put to him - what will happen to One Direction now?
"You know he must have all his own good reasons for doing it" said Ringo.
"I don't think it will stop the band. They're not really a band are they? They're singing boys who dance. One direction is going in another direction."
Although the drummer has already long reached legend status with his fans around the world, it is soon being made official as he's being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by fellow former Beatles member Paul McCartney.
"I know exactly what happened - Paul McCartney was hanging out with some people and for some reason my name cam up and they were talking about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and they realised I wasn't in it."
He continued, "I believe one of them was Dave Grohl and he called Springsteen. This is the story I've heard. Anyway, I feel Paul wanted a day out so he's nominted me so I'm up and I'm getting it and he's going to, you know, do me."
Ringo Starr's solo album, Postcards from Paradise, is out now.
We knew it would happen. What we didn't know was when. The boyband sword (should that be pen-knife?) of Damocles has been hanging over our family ever since our teen daughter decided that the five boys who had been picked from obscurity by Simon Cowell (despite only coming third in X-Factor) were the most important thing in her entire life. Ever. Okay, I may be exaggerating but only very, very slightly.