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How Zayn Leaving One Direction Threw Us Right Back To The 90’s

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There Was A Point In Time Where You Were In Teenybopper Love, Too

Do you remember where you were the morning of May 27, 1998? You were probably eating sugary cereal in your parents’ kitchen while watching MTV, and your eyes bulged out of your head because Gerri announced she was leaving the Spice Girls and the Spice Girls were everything.

Since you’re most likely an adult with little to no idea who this Zayn kid is or why you’re supposed to care about him leaving a group you only vaguely know of, you can actually relate to what these teeny boppers are going through right now.

Visions of slap bracelets, henna tattoos, and glitter gel fill your head as you remember these epic groups that made it possible for One Direction to even become a thing; The groups that broke our hearts when one member decided to go live a normal kid life (Ummm, Ew), leaving the rest of the members to fend for themselves, which eventually would lead to the group’s demise.

1. Destiny’s Child

1. Destiny's Child

Before the group went down to three and then to, well, just Queen B.

2. 98 Degrees

2. 98 Degrees

Sweet matching jumpsuits, guys. Nothing screams “The 90’s” like matching jumpsuits….

3. *NSYNC

3. *NSYNC

Honestly, if they hadn’t broken up, we may not have gotten to see that Justin Timberlake, alone, is musical perfection.

4. Backstreet Boys

4. Backstreet Boys

You were either a Backstreet fan or an *NSYNC fan, but if either groups had a reunion, you know you’d go.

5. The Spice Girls

5. The Spice Girls

We foolishly assumed after their movie Spice World premiered that they’d be around forever.

6. S Club 7

6. S Club 7

You never had a dream come true ’til the day they came into your world.

7. Hanson

7. Hanson

Sure, we all thought Taylor was a girl at first. But they MMMBopped their way into America’s hearts.

8. New Kids On The Block

8. New Kids On The Block

Actually, they still go on reunion tours. So you might get a chance to see them in the near future.

9. LFO

9. LFO

You totally bought Abercrombie & Fitch, because you know they liked it.

10. Dream Street

10. Dream Street

You totally begged your mom to buy this album for you whenever the ad came on tv. Weren’t they, like, 12 years old?

But somehow, we all moved on and so will these broken-hearted teenagers mourning the loss of – what’s his name again? Oh, yeah, Zayn.

But somehow, we all moved on and so will these broken-hearted teenagers mourning the loss of - what's his name again? Oh, yeah, Zayn.

So go ahead and kick off your platform sandals, curl up on your inflatable chair, replace the batteries in your walkman and pop in the some good ol’ 90’s CDs. Reminisce away.

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