One Direction, December 2014

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One Direction fans, bring it on in for a virtual hug. Because we know you're hurting and we understand. Not only do we sympathize but we straight up empathize. Once upon a time, a band named NSYNC decided to break up because someone just had to go solo and do stuff like star in a movie called The Love Guru. But whatever! We're not bitter about it still.

What we're trying to say is we totally get the pain and anguish currently coursing through your bloodstream now that you've heard the terrible news that Zayn Malik will be leaving One Direction…for good. We just want to check up on y'all and see how Directioners are handling it. So let's just take a quick look at Twitter and…

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World Ending GIF

Oh, sweet lord.

But this is exactly how we would be reacting if Twitter was around when NSYNC ended or when Geri left the Spice Girls.

But look! A tiny light glowing in the dark: Beliebers and Directioners, who feud on the regular, coming together for one bright, shining moment:

And hey, at least one person stopped crying long enough to come up with a solution:

If you would like to join in on the mourning and burning this mother to the ground, here is a list of hashtags created for Zayn's departure:

#AlwaysInOurHeartsZaynMalik
#PleaseZaynBackForUs
"Four"
Zayne
Two Directions
RIP One Direction

Good luck, Zayn! We'll miss those amazing cheekbones and your high notes.

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