One Direction fans, devastated by the announcement that the band will "take a break" next year, are being comforted by those affected by the splits of boybands Take That, Westlife, JLS and Blue.
One Direction will officially split in March, according to The Sun.
The four remaining members - Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan – decided last week that they would pursue separate projects for a year following a meeting in London.
The band's fans, known as One Directioners, have thus far reacted with horror and dismay to the news. But this is much like the reaction of fans of 90s bands Take That and Westlife, and even more recent acts JLS and Blue.
A farewell wave from pop group Take That in Manchester in February 1996
Older fans have been here before.
Though perhaps not everyone was supportive...