One Direction Is Officially Breaking Up & Fans Are Reacting Exactly How You'd Expect
Can you hear that noise? It's the collective sound of a million 13-year-old girls' hearts breaking. Following the news today that One Direction was officially breaking up, fans reacted on social media pretty predictably. By Wednesday afternoon, Us Weekly revealed that a source very close to the British boy band had confirmed the official split.
Tweens (and non-tweens, you know who you are) were anxiously awaiting for the band to get back together after they made an announcement this past August that they were going on a hiatus. And fans had every reason to hold out, as group members told Entertainment Tonight as recently as November that One Direction was not splitting up. No way, no how. In a comment to ET, Horan explained, "We're not breaking up. We're literally taking time out to see our friends and see our family and reflect on what we've done over the last few years."
Even Harry Styles swore up and down in that exclusive interview that the group was staying together, remarking,
I think it's important for us to take the break and have it as a break. Obviously it would be naive of us to think that people aren't going to read into that in a ton of different ways, but we're just gonna take a little break next year.
Let this be a life lesson for Directioners: when someone says they want a "break," it usually means it's totally over. Cue wistful sighs of hopeless romantics everywhere.
Twitter obviously blew up as the news broke, with all seven stages of grief popping up at once. It was terrible.
There's no way one direction would break up now after promising that they wont— egg (@NiallOnPizza) January 13, 2016
So it's all over the internet that @onedirection have split for good..I refuse to believe anything that quotes an anonymous "source"...— Jenni (@jennistweets) January 13, 2016
no way have one direction split up — holly (@x_hollythompson) January 13, 2016
If one direction wanted to break up so badly why wouldn't they just tell us straight up?— - (@80smcqueen) January 13, 2016
I'm getting myself all concerned over one direction ending it when one of them will probably tweet later don't believe anything— OTRAT PITTSBURGH (@OTRATPITTSBURGH) January 13, 2016
one direction is not breaking up nope sorry u wrong!— mase (@tinasmain) January 13, 2016
Why would one direction release a new album and then just vanish. IT DOESNT MAKE SENSE— Miss Marie (@marielambesis) January 13, 2016
It's really annoying when people try and tell me one direction broke up cuz like...... No they didn't rip— Nicole Elizabeth (@RejectOrDie) January 13, 2016
one direction permanent split rumours I'm crying please let this not be true I beg of u @onedirection— EVE (@_17blackhs) January 13, 2016
All I know (or mostly hope) is that when One Direction splits up, they'd do it professionally and would say goodbye properly — Mae (@takesoceans) January 13, 2016
Actually, while no fan is taking responsibility for the demise of One Direction, they do blame Zayn, who left last spring. So maybe this is more "secondhand guilt" than anything else. Okay, scratch that — let's just call it "rage":
If this One Direction break is true my life is over and I still blame @zaynmalik— Haylie Arndt (@arndtyouucute) January 13, 2016
ive had like 682295 people tell me today that one direction broke up when its not true and i kinda wanna punch them all! #nooffense — maria (@mxriadagostino) January 13, 2016
Next person who tells me that 'one direction is splitting up for good' I'm going to punch in the face— Liza♛ (@inkartlou) January 13, 2016
one more magazine that headlines "one direction's hiatus is permanent" i stg i will kick you— mia !! (@BritishBums_) January 13, 2016
i swear to god if one direction breaks up i will personally kick each one of their butts— The Dancers Pointe (@DancersGlitter) January 13, 2016
My mom just told me that One Direction are gonna break up but I said no they are not they promise us ☺️ sorry I'm just upset— Brianna loves 1D (@SwansBelle) January 13, 2016
i'm crying right now trying to do my makeup for work god damn you one direction— bitterxbabyx94 (@kumpalicious) January 13, 2016
One Direction is breaking up for good. How can I go back to work after hearing this news? — Brittany(: (@HaayBrittany_) January 13, 2016
there are so many things to be upset about. one direction. ppl making fun of FLOTUS. what an awful world we live in :// #actuallycrying— 〜(￣▽￣〜) (@kayleighyuccie) January 13, 2016
One Direction fans: If the rumor is true, all I can say is that the arc of history is long and it bends toward reunion tours.— John Green (@johngreen) January 13, 2016
If One Direction really breaks up, I'm more than ready to start the band back up, I'd obviously be Harry! pic.twitter.com/0H0B4E4oZl— Lamorne Morris (@LamorneMorris) January 13, 2016
Oh, Directioners, it can be hard to accept the ending of something that was so good. All anyone can wish for now is an official statement from the band to end the torment that is waiting (or not waiting) for your favorite boy band to break up. In the meantime, it's okay if you feel a little betrayed.
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