One Direction is on a hiatus and what’s a more heartbreaking way to say farewell for now than to let all the rush of emotions fill a three-minute music video for a song summing up their entire history. It’s like temporarily breaking up with someone you love so both of you can find time to grow on your own. Let the tears fall, girls. Let them tears fall.
The video was released on January 26, 2016 through the group’s YouTube VEVO channel, garnering almost 14 million views in just three days.
Adding to the nostalgic emotions is the thought of not seeing Zayn Malik back in the group. They did feature him but only in snippets of previous concerts, events, and their X-Factor journey—all in black and white. Zayn has been away from the group for 10 months since he left in March 2015. Oh, how time flies!
But there are also adorably funny scenes down the trip to memory lane. Spot Niall Horan wearing glasses, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne sporting longer hairstyles, and Harry Styles goofing around topless (Put some shirt on, Harry! Or not).
Crushing our broken hearts into ash-form is the end scene wherein the four members—Niall, Harry, Louis and Liam—parted their ways signaling their “short” hiatus.
As the song goes: I thought we were going strong, I thought we were holding on, aren’t we?
Come back soon, boys! We’ll miss you.