Amid the brouhaha surrounding Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction, one vital voice had gone unheard: that of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking.
Hawking is probably the least likely person to speak about the boy band's troubles, but that's exactly what he did at a recent lecture at the Sydney Opera House.
A live hologram feed of Hawking was beamed into the opera house for the talk about physics, space and time.
During the question and answer session, a member of the audience asked Hawking,
There you have it, heartbroken One Directioners. Zayn may still be in 1D; the only issue is it might be in an alternate universe.