I had so many things I wanted to say, how much I appreciated his work, what an inspiration he has been to me, that his portrayal of Cardinal Richelieu in The Three Musketeers was my mom’s favorite of his roles.
Then it was my turn, and I stepped up to him, and looked into those eternal green eyes and I said: “I forgot everything I wanted to say to you.”
But he took my hand, asked my name, repeated it when I told him, and kissed my knuckles like the prince I always knew he was.
This was worth driving 7 hours to Toronto, worth the price of the ticket, worth the hours standing in line. I’d do it all again and I will be eternally grateful that he gave us all this chance to fulfill this dream.
You look at these six boys and wonder, for days and weeks and months, how six boys could mean so much to you in less than a year. You, who has been there since their days of being confined to just the training rooms, and you, who stayed through the cringe-worthy episodes of To Be Continued (and Clap Clap). You’ve been there by their sides during the most important time of their lives and still loved them for all their cheek and socks over jeans. You loved them all the same.
And even if you weren’t there before, even if you had stumbled across these six boys without meaning to on a random, beautiful day, even if you decided to love them midway through their Summer Vibes or Confession eras, you are here, and that is all that matters.
You wonder how it happened and why it did. Idly, you think that the reason you love them so much is probably because of the way they just are. You love them for how they’re just happy to be able to do what they love, and you love them because they’re just– themselves. They are not afraid to be themselves.
Then you backtrack and realise you don’t really need a reason, do you? You just do. That is all that matters.
Three years, five years, ten years from now, you’ll still be here. You’ll look back at the first time you met these six boys and wonder where the days have gone, and then you’ll look forward to the days that wait for you both. You will still be here, and they will always be here for you, too.
Ed Sheeran’s fourth single from DIVIDE returns back to top this week. Perfect spends it’s second non-consecutive week at number 1. It is also the current leader on Billboard’s Hot 100. The power single from rapper G Eazy zooms to number 2 this week. The rapper is joined by one of the hottest female rapper today Cadi B, A$AP Rocky, French Montana, Juicy J and Belly. Demi Lovato first out of her two entries moves up to number 3. Tell Me You Love Me climbs into the top 5. Her second entry, Echame La Culpa, moves up one to number. And back to back at numbers 4 & 5 are One Direction’s own Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne. Miss You by Tomlinson jumps four from number 8 last week and former leader Liam Payne tumbles to number 5 with Bedroom Floor.
1. Perfect - Ed Sheeran
2. No Limit (fear. Cardi B, A$SAP Rocky, French Montana, Juicy J & Belly) - G Eazy
3. Tell Me You Love Me - Demi Lovato
4. Miss You - Louis Tomlinson
5. Bedroom Floor - Liam Payne
6. Echame La Culpa - Luis Fonsi & Demi Lovato
7. Let Me Go (feat. Florida Georgia Line & Watt) - Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso
8. Wolves (feat. Selena Gomez) - Marshmello
9. Mic Drop (feat. Desiigner) [Steve Aoki Remix] - BTS
10. I Miss You (feat. Julia Michaels) - Clean Bandit
11. Finesse (feat. Cardi B) - Bruno Mars
12. One Last Song - Sam Smith
13. Him & I (feat. Halsey) - G Eazy
14. Motorsport (feat. Cardi B & Nicki Minaj) - Migos
15. …Ready For It? - Taylor Swift
16. A Different Way (feat. Lauv) - DJ Snake
17. Rockstar (feat. 21 Savage) - Post Malone
18. Hey Hey Hey - Katy Perry
19. Let You Down - NF
20. Walk On Water (feat. Beyonce’) - Eminem
21. Filthy - Justin Timberlake
22. HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T - Fall Out Boy
23. Hola (feat. Maluma) - Flo Rida
24. So Far Away (feat, Jamie Scott & Remy Dya) - Martin Garrix & David Guetta
25. Havana (feat. Young Thug) - Camila Cabello
26. Feels Great (feat. Fetty Wap) - Cheat Codes
27. All Night - Steve Aoki & Lauren Jauregui
28. Naked - James Arthur
29. Never Be The Same - Camila Cabello
30. Dirty Sexy Money (feat. Charli XCX & French Montana) - David Guetta & Afrijack