It's been an emotional day for One Direction fans. The "Drag Me Down" video was released, which means we are officially in the post-Zayn Malik era. It's the first music video from the boys that doesn't include their former member, and understandably, it's turning Directioners into a puddle of emotional mush. Seriously, there might be millions of liquefied 1D fans around the world. It might be a serious situation.
But there is one thing that has taken them over the edge: the conspiracy theory that the boys left space for Zayn in the "Drag Me Down" video.
A lot of fans have poured over the space-themed video frame by frame and seem to believe that Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and Louis Tomlinson intentionally left gaps in certain group shots as a nod to their estranged bro.
Or it could be just that there are four boyband members instead of five and it's taking some adjustment. Though we'd like to believe that the other theory is true because it's sweet and causing fans to have full-fledged meltdowns on Twitter. Others are not so convinced.
THEY ARENT LEAVING SPACE FOR ZAYN HARRY IS JUST A SLOW SHIT— lemon (@fourharry) August 21, 2015
THE SPACE BETWEEN LIAM AND HARRY IS THAT FOR ZAYN OMFG pic.twitter.com/XVbOuckRlq— ' (@jamyaneeh) August 21, 2015
Man 1d is so shady they not only left 1 space for zayn but they left TWO pic.twitter.com/gdSxQMyM88— ? (@harryisboring) August 21, 2015
#DragMeDownMusicVideo the music video is more than perfect!!!! i love the idea that there is a space left for Zayn,brings tears to my eyes!!— ASH (@ashraktelswah) August 21, 2015
the boys didn't purposely "leave space for zayn" what do you want them to do be all stacked lmao yall over analyse everything— norah (@solokilam) August 21, 2015
THE EMPTY SPACE WAS FOR ZAYN DONT TALK TO ME pic.twitter.com/mxzSXG5kdX— Harry styles (@harrysthighs) August 21, 2015
yo i dont wanna sound rude but just bc they're a bit far apart from each other doesn't mean that's "a space for zayn" he's GONE, get over it— sandra (@ilyIouis) August 21, 2015
No one left space for Zayn gosh can y'all not make everything about Zayn like damn! https://t.co/njgOMGs8MU— Nialler ? (@Eba_xox) August 21, 2015
there's always have a space between boys each other and i think the space is for zayn?— putrichyntia (@puputriptr) August 21, 2015
people really think they left space for zayn in the dmd music video lmaoooo okay if that helps you, you do you— ashley (@donkasterlou) August 21, 2015
OMG in the video everyone was standing four inches apart except for harry who was five ITS A SPACE FOR ZAYN OMG— alana (@savageryniall) August 21, 2015
yall think they sat and thought "let's leave a space for zayn because he left the band we need to do this" smh stfu pic.twitter.com/nOXSPv5HX9— ????????? (@boyfndharry) August 21, 2015
Why do the boys always leave a space in between them can Zayn come back already or— . (@jdbmannlinson) August 21, 2015
omg they didnt leave space for zayn sometimes yall over analyze shit— mariam 8 (@wwaIads) August 21, 2015
Yall pray for my boys in 1D, aint nothin wrong with them but Zayn been gone for 5mo & they stil leave space for him pic.twitter.com/aeEbWGOqvN— Your mom (@harrysbutt666) August 21, 2015
HOW IS THISBLEAVING A SPACE FOR ZAYN THEY WERE WALKING ALL TOGETHER FIFKJF pic.twitter.com/NAyVBHoNqs— katherine (@arrowlwts) August 21, 2015
OMG they left some space for zayn ??????????? pic.twitter.com/a8m2n3jFko— ??izza (@strongestlarrie) August 21, 2015
What do you guys think? Was the gap in the video a little ode to Zayn or are 1D fans reading wayyy too much into it? We can commiserate; you should have seen the overanalyzing we were doing when NSYNC first broke up. It got rough.