One Direction are no longer whole. That's a fact, whether you like it or not. While this may be irreversible in our universe, Stephen Hawking has presented a glimmer of hope for those who are still mourning the break up.
Speaking as a hologram (because Stephen Hawking) at the Sydney Opera House, Professor Hawking was giving a live talk during which he answered pre-submitted questions by the audience.
The last question was, to say the least, a little out of even Professor Hawking's remit: "What do you think is the cosmological effect of Zayn leaving One Direction and consequently breaking the hearts of millions of teenage girls across the world?"
Not one to be put off by a challenge Professor Hawking reportedly replied, "Finally, a question about something important,"
While Hawking admitted that in our world the heartbreak was all too real, fans should take comfort knowing that deep within the loosely sown fabrics of space there could well be a universe where the world is a much happier place.
"It would not be beyond the realms of possibility that somewhere outside of our own universe lies another different universe. And in that universe, Zayn is still in One Direction."
Of course it's entirely up to you as to whether you then start hypothesising the cause and effects that Zayn remaining in the band might have on the rest of the planet. If you do though, try not to overthink it, we're sure it's all meant to be. Maybe.