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I’m sorry about what happened. Since you weren’t hacked, it looks like whoever took the username has a connection to some Facebook employees and they probably thought that you wouldn’t even notice.
Unfortunately you won’t get it back unless you really establish your brand and then pay some agency to help you claim it on all social media platforms. That’s how big brands get all the cool usernames.
You can DM that person and ask about the username, maybe they didn’t want to “steal” it. If they did, you can fire back by destroying their account engagement with thousands of fake followers and likes/comments.