Zayn Malik Has Left 1D, But His Dancing Lives On in Our Hearts

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.

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