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Love Is Dead Now That Nicholas Sparks Is Divorcing (At Least According To Twitter)

From left, ESPN anchor Hannah Storm, actor Hill Harrow, author Nicholas Sparks and his wife Cathy pose for a photo at a fan lunch at the inaugural Nicholas Sparks Celebrity Family Weekend on April, 20, 2012 in New Bern, North Carolina.  The weekend includes a celebrity golf tournament, a 5K run, boat tours, a family fun night, and a screening of Sparks' new film The Lucky One.  The weekendᅢ까タᅡルs proceeds will benefit the Nicholas Sparks Foundation, which supports global education initiatives for youth through the Epiphany School in New Bern, NC, wounded warriors through Hope for the Warriors, and assistance dogs for people with disabilities through Paws With a Cause. (AP Photo/ Nicholas Sparks, WhoSay)
From left, ESPN anchor Hannah Storm, actor Hill Harrow, author Nicholas Sparks and his wife Cathy pose for a photo at a fan lunch at the inaugural Nicholas Sparks Celebrity Family Weekend on April, 20, 2012 in New Bern, North Carolina. The weekend includes a celebrity golf tournament, a 5K run, boat tours, a family fun night, and a screening of Sparks' new film The Lucky One. The weekendᅢ까タᅡルs proceeds will benefit the Nicholas Sparks Foundation, which supports global education initiatives for youth through the Epiphany School in New Bern, NC, wounded warriors through Hope for the Warriors, and assistance dogs for people with disabilities through Paws With a Cause. (AP Photo/ Nicholas Sparks, WhoSay)

Love is dead -- at least, according to Nicholas Sparks fans.

On Tuesday, Sparks, the wordsmith behind The Notebook and A Walk To Remember, announced that he and wife Cathy are divorcing after 25 years of marriage.

"This is, of course, not a decision we've made lightly," Sparks told People. "We remain close friends with deep respect for each other and love for our children. For our children's sake, we regard this as a private matter."

It wasn't news that fans of the best-selling author took lightly, either. Many on Twitter were verklempt; how could the man whose beautiful mind gave us the timeless, sweeping love story of Noah and Allie fall prey to something as humdrum, something so un-Nicholas Sparks-ian as divorce?

Some waxed poetic about the end of romance:

Some blamed the split on the new year. (Damn you, 2015.)

Nicholas Sparks have separated from his wife? wtf is wrong with you 2015?

— the woods are lovely (@marythequeenie) January 6, 2015

Some wondered why Sparks didn't do a better job of showing his love in some Nick Sparks-esque way. Like, why didn't the dude just sweep his lady off her feet for one of those sloppy lift-and-sit kisses in the rain? Why didn't they stargaze in a cemetery until their love came back to life?

Some questioned how we, as a people, could ever again trust the words he's written.

And some? Some gave up entirely.

RIP love.

For more devastated reaction to the news, check out the slideshow below:

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