It had been just 12 hours since pictures of devastated Brazilian fans, crying into paper cups and clutching mock-up statuettes of the World Cup trophy flooded Twitter feeds.
Then came a second outpouring of unbelievable grief.
No, not from the Dutch. But from Ryan Gosling fans, who were so distraught upon learning the news that the actor’s girlfriend Eva Mendes is pregnant with the couple’s first child that they could not contain their sadness.
The news, apparently confirmed by sources close to the couple to various publications – and seemingly by pregnancy oracle Ellen DeGeneres, too – was first broken after a report in US OK magazine, via an “insider”, claimed the actress was “seven months along”.
Mendes had taken to Ellen DeGeneres’ chat show earlier this year to dismiss early rumours after the star was seen – shock of all shocks – avoiding an airport scanner.
Ryan Gosling says, 'Hey Girl': The best memes
Ryan Gosling says, 'Hey Girl': The best memes
1/20 Austerity Gosling
Someone tell Cameron. Now let me go take a two-hour lunch break.
2/20 Tax Policy Gosling
3/20 Nochalant Gosling
Even fancies you on a questionable trip to your local corner shop.
4/20 Architectural Gosling
Architecture Ryan Gosling will help you through the next six years of your degree.
5/20 National Security Gosling
Oh Ryan, beautiful and up to date with current affairs.
6/20 Social Media-Savvy Gosling
7/20 Wearable Gosling
You can buy this iron-on print on etsy if you want to wear Ryan.
8/20 Civil Disobedience Gosling
Oh Ryan, you put the hunger into Hunger Games.
9/20 Niche Gosling
Tights? Fine. Socks? Not so much.
10/20 Games Master Gosling
These Hunger Games Ryan Gosling memes are glorious.
11/20 Twilight Gosling.
Twilight Ryan Gosling is right.. Bella indeed has nothing on us.
12/20 Hunger Games Gosling.
Hunger Games Ryan Gosling can snare us anytime.
13/20 Jane Austin Gosling
This Jane Austen quote is straight from Emma. And straight into our bedroom.
14/20 Pride And Prejudice Gosling
Let us say..It is truth universally acknowledged that Ryan Gosling is a.mazing.
15/20 Shakespearian Gosling
Romeo and Juliet Act 5, Scene 3. Swoon.
16/20 More Ruddy Austin Gosling
Jane Austen Ryan Gosling...this quote is from Persuasion. But we don't need persuading Ry Ry.
17/20 Hipster Gosling
Hipster Ryan makes us want to cycle on a vintage bicycle to Shoreditch right now.
18/20 Unkempt Gosling
Not a single hair.
19/20 Feminist Gosling
Gosling>Pankhurst. ... Well.
20/20 House Husband Gosling
Can iron our curtains any time.
Needless to say, the confirmation was all too much. So Gosling fans decided to start a competing pity party all of their own.
Because their grief, Brazil, is bigger than yours, apparently. And they've got a hashtag to prove it.
Here are some of the most hysterical responses:
Brazil you think u are heartbroken and devastated well Ryan Gosling got someone pregnant and it's not me. #mypainisbiggerthanyoursbrazilP Helena R (@P_Helena_R) July 9, 2014
Finding out Ryan Gosling is having a child with Eva Mendes. pic.twitter.com/a27Ndoflb2Adam Davis (@amdhit) July 9, 2014
Not sure which is more heartbreaking: Brazil losing or Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes allegedly having a baby.Ronnell Morris (@RonnellMorris) July 10, 2014
It's official Ryan Gosling has sperminated his Gf and is going to be a dad. Brazil's heartache has nothing on that of women everywhere.Sam Wright (@IAmSamW) July 10, 2014
Ryan Gosling got a woman pregnant and it wasn't you. All of the ovaries weep today.Lisa Barone (@LisaBarone) July 9, 2014
Ok, so Brazil got humiliated, Argentina is in the finals IN BRAZIL, Ryan Gosling is having baby.. I need a shoulder to cry on!!Carolina Galli (@CarolinaGalliBM) July 10, 2014
Ryan Gosling is apparently going to be a father so now America knows the pain Brazil felt after their loss in the World Cup.Macie Bentley (@maciebentley) July 10, 2014
Fact: there are more girls crying in the world right now over Ryan Gosling than people who cried in Brazil yesterday.KCM (@kaleanamarkley) July 9, 2014
i'm sadder than brazil is over this ryan gosling news.kathleen french (@frenchamnesty) July 9, 2014
Im so frustrated and sad right now. Brazil lost, my cat died, gaza under attack and now @RyanGosling is gonna have a baby with someone else!KemKem (@kemarionnino) July 9, 2014
Ryan Gosling got Eva Mendes pregnant and this is how we should all feel collectively as a people: http://t.co/hk0644j4RsZ (@zara915) July 9, 2014
Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes are expecting their first child together. I ask that you please respect my privacy during this difficult time.Lindsay (@Rollinintheseat) July 9, 2014
So, Eva Mendes is pregnant at 40, which hopefully means I have 5-6 years left to get pregnant with Ryan Gosling’s 2nd kid.amelia (@xoamelia) July 9, 2014
But no, in all seriousness, Ryan Gosling having a baby?...... pic.twitter.com/jBpgorqFNaabC (@Abigailcadogan) July 9, 2014
It's safe to say few had seen a social media reaction like it. At least since news that Gosling was single again was cruelly rubbished by his publicist in February.Reuse content