Former EXO member Tao (also known as Z.TAO and Huang Zitao) warmed hearts everywhere when he posted an Instagram update on December 27.
He shared his new song on social media with the caption:
The best of us. Happy 8th anniversary of the best of us, @7_luhan_m @7_luhan_m @kriswu and two brothers. Happy anniversary!
He was referencing the day he was introduced as an EXO member. Tao tagged fellow EXO-M members Luhan and Kris as well as mentioning his “two brothers” Chen and Xiumin.
Fans believe that he mistakenly tagged Luhan’s account twice while meaning to tag Lay.
“two brothers” was tao pertaining to minseok and jongdae (exo-m) 😭😭😭😭😭 he also tagged luhan twice… which i think it’s for yixing pic.twitter.com/QiFqkEDCxE
— 𝔢𝔯𝔦𝔠𝔥 (@BYUNINFINITY) December 27, 2019
Luhan and Kris responded through Weibo, China’s biggest social media platform.
Happy 8th anniversary hahaha
Kris shared the post itself, hinting that he agrees with Tao’s sentiments.
Fans began freaking out as soon as the interaction was posted.
why im crying?
tao post an instagram update and mention luhan and kris
he mention luhan 2 times so it has to be lay? and the two brothers? xiumin and chen? exo m huhuhu
my kristaohan heart is full and happy
12 hearts 💙
yo L and i love you L
ot12 forever bitches pic.twitter.com/IZMEFbRvoE
— ً (@yeoldeuxx) December 27, 2019
don't touch me. i'm emotional ㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠ TAO greeted LUHAN & KRIS!!! this is their 8th year since they debut ㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠ MY EXO OT12 ㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠ pic.twitter.com/Izz9uE1Qti
— 루이잔🦒 (@myloeychan) December 27, 2019
They pointed out that the cover art of “The Best of Us” also had twelve hearts drawn on it, a reference to when EXO had 12 members instead of the current 9.
There are 12 hearts and 12 guys on the pic and I am telling you Huang Zi Tao is trying to greet the other boys too. This kind of update from tao really melts not only those fans who witnessed OT12 but all EXO-Ls who are still with EXO right now. I am soft for this. OT12 forever. pic.twitter.com/66BJcvZ2lh
— 𝐜𝐲𝐧𝐭🌹 (@real__cynt) December 27, 2019
The song itself was a probable dedication to EXO-Ls.
The best of us by Huang Zitao was dedicated for EXO Ls!!! MY HEART!!
THEY NEVER FORGET US!! pic.twitter.com/QzV58Sh46v
— X-EXO FTW!! (@hoe4exhoee) December 27, 2019
OT12 lives on.
IT MAY BE OT9 IN OUR EYES, BUT EXO WILL ALWAYS BE AN OT12 IN OUR HEARTS BECAUSE WE ARE ONE😭💖 pic.twitter.com/DkIBtDNiYE
— loey (@0NLYDADDYE0L) December 27, 2019
Check out the song below: