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15 Zayn Malik moments that made Directioners fall in love with him

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Zayn Malik left One Direction, but he'll never leave fans' hearts — here's why

Directioners the world over are in mourning today as Zayn Malik made it official — he's leaving the band. It isn't hard to understand why fans love this long-lashed heartthrob so much, either. Here are some of Malik's most crush-worthy moments.

1. When he made every girl feel gorgeous

Zayn Malik left One Direction, but he'll never leave fans' hearts — here's why

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Malik has always had a special knack for making every fangirl feel special. But, even more so, for reminding women everywhere never to let anyone make us feel anything less than stunning.

2. When he ate a candy thong right off of Harry Styles

One thing fans always found endearing about Malik was the fact that he didn't take himself too seriously — he is just a super-chill dude always up for a little fun... like eating a candy thong. Sweet!

3. When he cuddled a puppy

Zayn Malik left One Direction, but he'll never leave fans' hearts — here's why

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That hair. Those eyes. And, well yeah, the puppy is pretty adorable, too.

4. Every single time he bit his lip...

Zayn Malik left One Direction, but he'll never leave fans' hearts — here's why

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How could anyone be faulted for falling in love with a face like that? It just makes us feel some kind of way and we're not afraid to admit it.

5. Or smiled

Zayn Malik left One Direction, but he'll never leave fans' hearts — here's why

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One look at Malik's smile leaves one with little doubt that he is every bit as down-to-earth and decent-hearted as we imagine.

6. When he reminded us what's important

Zayn Malik left One Direction, but he'll never leave fans' hearts — here's why

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“Learn to appreciate what you have before time forces you to appreciate what you had," Malik advised, later emphasizing that life does, in fact, have an expiration date. Carpe diem!

7. When he flashed a little booty cleavage

Zayn Malik left One Direction, but he'll never leave fans' hearts — here's why

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I mean, you've gotta admit his tush is top-notch.

8. When he proposed

Zayn Malik left One Direction, but he'll never leave fans' hearts — here's why

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While it might seem counterintuitive to be happy your favorite heartthrob is going to get hitched, Directioners fell in love with the way Malik doted on his girlfriend-turned-fiancée, Perrie Edwards.

9. When he rocked a pseudo-mullet

Zayn Malik left One Direction, but he'll never leave fans' hearts — here's why

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What's not to love about a man who dares to bring back Uncle Jesse's — aka John Stamos' — Full House 'do?

10. When he comforted a child in need

Zayn Malik left One Direction, but he'll never leave fans' hearts — here's why

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Malik's insides match his outsides — seen here hugging an impoverished child in Africa, his humanitarian work brought to light his beautiful soul.

11. When he made every girl ever swoon

Zayn Malik left One Direction, but he'll never leave fans' hearts — here's why

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"It hurts seeing a girl cry," Malik said. "I want to comfort them for as long as I can, or I'll end up crying, too." Awww!

12. When he showed off his fine boxing form

Zayn Malik left One Direction, but he'll never leave fans' hearts — here's why

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The fact that he was shirtless while showing off said form did not hurt matters. Check out those tatts... yummy. Amiright?

13. When he proved he'd be just as pretty as a lady

Zayn Malik left One Direction, but he'll never leave fans' hearts — here's why

Malik dared to cross-dress for a music video and, you know, we were kind of crushin' on his alter ego.

14. When he hit this note

Arguably the best singer of the group, Malik has a serious set of pipes. Will One Direction be able to go on without missing a beat sans this talented guy? It seems unlikely.

15. When he stayed true to himself

Zayn Malik left One Direction, but he'll never leave fans' hearts — here's why

No matter how much you love Malik or One Direction, or if your heart is breaking into a million pieces right now, you can't fault Malik for doing exactly what he has always told his fans to do: Stay true to yourself.

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