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A long, long time ago there was a boyband, you might have heard of them. If the name One Direction rings any bells then congratulations, you haven’t been living under a rock. Last night marked 8 years since that blessed day in 2010 when Simon Cowell changed the lives of millions of girls all over the world.
The five members of One Direction caused happiness for their fans but these past 8 years have not been without it’s conflicts. There was that time that they didn’t win X-Factor, and when Harry dated a woman twice his age, and let us not forget, when Zayn left the band with no warning. Honestly, being a One Direction fan was stressful business but those 5 clumsy yet incredibly talented boys made these past 8 years worth it.
Of course, fans took to twitter to share their emotions. If you scroll through the #8YearsOfOneDirection hashtag you can find crying, screaming, anger, love, crying, laughing, and more crying. Here’s some examples:
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I'm sure they will come back and we will see this hug again. THEY PROMISED.#8YearsOfOneDirection pic.twitter.com/3Y1mLjEQzQ— Sweet Nialler (@xsweetniallerx) July 23, 2018
I'm sure they will come back and we will see this hug again. THEY PROMISED.#8YearsOfOneDirection pic.twitter.com/3Y1mLjEQzQ
— Sweet Nialler (@xsweetniallerx) July 23, 2018
As the day hurried along, fans anxiously waited for the boys to acknowledge the anniversary and slowly but surely the gave us what we wanted with the exception of Harry who waited until the absolute last moment effectively breaking every fans nostalgic heart.
#8YearsOfOneDirection what an incredible 8 years it’s been with my brothers! Thank you to all the fans that are still supporting and following our journeys. Love LP ❤— Liam (@LiamPayne) July 23, 2018
#8YearsOfOneDirection what an incredible 8 years it’s been with my brothers! Thank you to all the fans that are still supporting and following our journeys. Love LP ❤
— Liam (@LiamPayne) July 23, 2018
#8YearsfOneDirection Wow! 8 years of amazing memories with the lads . Thank you so much for standing by us for all this time.— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) July 23, 2018
#8YearsfOneDirection Wow! 8 years of amazing memories with the lads . Thank you so much for standing by us for all this time.
— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) July 23, 2018
#8YearsOfOneDirection Where has the time gone!? Thank you so much to every single person who’s ever supported us. Big love!— Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) July 23, 2018
#8YearsOfOneDirection Where has the time gone!? Thank you so much to every single person who’s ever supported us. Big love!
— Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) July 23, 2018
Wow, Eight years has passed. Thank you for all the love, thank you for all the support. Thank you for everything. I love you. H— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) July 24, 2018
Wow, Eight years has passed. Thank you for all the love, thank you for all the support. Thank you for everything. I love you. H
— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) July 24, 2018
Unsurprisingly, there was radio silence from Zayn.
The One Direction account took to twitter as well and shared lyrics from old and new songs alike every hour. This sparked a conspiracy amongst fans that the single for One Directions last single, “Infinity”, would be released at midnight. Unfortunately, fans stayed up all night waiting for something, anything, to happen but were disappointed when the tweets stopped and they were given nothing to work with.
I think I can speak for other fans when I rant about how inconsiderate that is. As many know, One Direction has been on hiatus for two years no and every member has gone on to do their own solo projects. While fans continue to support their individual projects, nothing compares to the magic that happens when the boys are back together. Call me dramatic but I think it might compare to the stars aligning.
It takes a lot of passion and commitment to follow a band for 8 years. Considering the demographic of their fan base in the early days, most 1D fans are now in their early to mid-twenties. Call us ridiculous but holy crap, what a time to be alive. There is comfort in the wording of the members tweets when they use the word “of” rather than “since,” an indicator that One Direction is an entity that continues to exist. As long as that slight wording doesn’t change, we will continue to support these boys for many years to come.
Probably after too, who am I kidding?
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