One Direction Breaking Up? 5 Stages of Grief

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Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and LouisTomlinson of One Direction perform on "Good Morning America's Summer Concert Series" at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park on Aug. 4, 2015 in New York City.  

I certainly wish we weren't meeting like this.

Following reports over the weekend that One Direction is breaking up (or going on break) in early 2016 following the release of their fifth album, tons of fans freaked the hell out. But others advised caution, noting that it was just tabloid speculation, nothing more.

Well. Last night, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson both took to Twitter to clear up the mounting rumors, and while they strenuously denied a break UP, they did seem to confirm that the band was going to take a hiatus in 2016. "Ok so Lots of rumours going round," Horan wrote. "We are not splitting up, but we will be taking a well earned break at some point next year."

Niall Horan Says One Direction is 'Not Splitting Up' But Will Take a Break Next Year

A well-deserved break for the band who've been touring pretty much constantly for the last few years? Sure. But wait. Lo, what's that noise in the distance? It's the sound of former boy bands from other eras laughing at the thought that you all might get back together. 

Is this the beginning of the end of 1D? Please, let's work out our stages of grief together. 

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1. Denial
"Not even the gods above could separate the two of us"

Obviously, One Direction aren't breaking up -- they said so themselves. And sure, boy band history isn't really on their side here (still waiting for that fourth *NSYNC album), but we'll have to just take them at their word. They'll give us a new album to tide us over, everyone will love it, and they'll tour again just like normal. I'm not crying, you're crying. Everything's fine.

2. Anger
"With your love nobody can drag me down"

How dare the guys want a break. What am I suppose to do with all my free time now? Find a new band? Yeah right. If I'm not tweeting about 1D, I'm re-listening to Take Me Home on Spotify. There are a ton of actual, real-life horrible issues in the world. 1D sure has a lot of nerve to deprive me/millions of another year of adorable music videos and goofy gifs to stave off creeping existential darkness.

3. Bargaining 
"Just tell me what I did let's work through it."

Did I not tweet about you guys enough? Not buy enough albums? Just tell me what I need to do to stop this from happening and I'll do it. 

4. Depression
"Where do broken hearts go?"

Guys. What am I/we going to do without One Direction for a year (minimum)? Am I going to have to get another hobby? Will I ever be able to listen to "Kiss You" without crying? Will I be doomed to an existence of just re-watching the "Night Changes" video on a loop in bed while eating ice cream and sobbing?  

5. Acceptance
"I-I-I know you're still the one."
If you're going to break up/ go on hiatus/ temporarily disband to go to space, of course we all hope you each have solo success, if that's what you want. I just want you all to be happy. Is this what acceptance looks like?