Well, you guys, it's happened.
All of the anxiety we've been feeling for the past few days turns out to have been completely justified: Zayn Malik has left One Direction. Suddenly, there's a Zayn-shaped hole in our hearts. (It's painful, but it's sooooo pretty.)
Frankly, the only person equipped to illustrate the devastation we're feeling right now is Harry Styles:
But we'll always have our memories. And the best memories of all involve the evolution of Zayn's dancing over the course of his 1D life.
I mean, do you remember the beginning of this journey? When he straight-up REFUSED to dance [Brian Friedman's choroegraphy!] at the X Factor bootcamp?
How far we've come in the years since then! Because once the magical phenomenon that is One Direction brought Zayn out of his shell, he became a veritable dancing machine:
Whatever you end up doing, wherever you end up going, never stop dancing, Zayn. NEVER. STOP. DANCING.
(GIFs via giphy.com)