Once upon a time, I covered a Spice Girls concert shortly after Ginger Spice (Geri Halliwell) had departed the act. It was weird, and I wasn’t even 11. Imagine if you were 11, and you had no idea how the pop-idol song ended.
Now imagine how One Direction fans feel with the news that one of their beloved, Zayn Malik, has departed the group’s current world tour.
So, be nice to the 11-year-olds out there today.
And also listen to a special-edition of Former Child Star Central podcast that has been convened to discuss pop idols, expiration dates and One Direction.