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One Direction may be on hiatus, but Liam Payne sure is keeping busy!

The 23-year-old 1-D-er and his girlfriend-slash-"X Factor"-judge-slash-collaborator Cheryl Cole hit London's St. James Christmas Carol Concert on Tuesday (November 29), and while neither celeb has released an official statement or posted on social media, her very visible baby bump pretty much did the talking for them.

And fans are freaking. the everloving fuck. out.

MOST are being supportive.


Some fans even have a GENDER picked out.

Though many, of course, are freaking out about the 10-year age difference between them.

And of course, the fact that Liam first met Cheryl when he was a young teen ... and she was a grown-ass adult judge he was auditioning for on "The X Factor."

While others still are realizing how old WE all are now that two Directioners are dads.

Louis Tomlinson had a son, Freddie Reign Tomlinson, with a woman named Briana Jungwirth — who he is not dating — in January. 

Some are focusing on just how genetically blessed this baby will be.

... And setting up his or her future career.

... While others, sadly, are still in denial.

It's not just a river in Egypt. 

This tweet is a deep cut. But I like it.

Watch "Meet Your Second Wife" if you haven't already. Trust me.

Of course SOMEONE had to involve Kermit.

It's not easy being green, but it must be nice being de facto King of the Internet Meme.

Naturally, safe sex jokes are being made, too.

Like, a lot of them.

Jokes, jokes jokes.

... Jokes to numb the pain.

I say "pain" because of Liam's last name, but also because, at the end of the day, Directioners seem to be a fandom in mourning ... but NOT because of Cole's pregnancy.

From Zayn Malik's solo career to Harry Styles' film career to Tomlinson's and now Payne's children to whatever Niall Horan is doing — something fun, I bet — every day seems to bring with it news from one of the dudes that has nothing to do with 1-D. They're moving on, and the fandom is grieving with memes as they try to move along with them.