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Last night, One Direction went back to where it all began, X Factor UK, to give a final performance before their hiatus. On the very same stage the boys got their start in the music industry, they gave a truly emotional performance of their new single “Infinity,” as well as a surprise performance of “History” that really tugged on our heartstrings.

As the boys of the band sang on stage, pictures from the past five years came up on the screen behind them, showing us just how far they’ve come. It’s been such an incredibly long journey that we can’t believe is coming to a (temporary) close, but we know this hiatus gives them time to rest up for better things to come.

After the performance, the group recorded a special message for their fans backstage and posted it on Twitter:

As Liam explained, this is just the end of an amazing first chapter, and thanks the band’s amazing fans, the boys will be back and better than ever for chapter two. Until then, we wait, remembering the good times we’ve had and getting pumped for what’s ahead. (Image via YouTube)