Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has comforted One Direction fans by suggesting that there could be an alternate universe where recently-departed member Zayn Malik is still in the boy band.
Malik left the pop group in March due to stress induced by press speculation over his love life.
Despite the band continuing without Malik and recently announcing that they’re starting work on their next album, many fans remain distraught over Malik’s departure. However, Hawking has told them not to worry at a lecture at the Sydney Opera House recently.
With one member of the crowd asking “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?”, the famed scientist responded by joking “Finally, a question about something important”.
Hawking continued: “My advice to any heartbroken young girl is to pay close attention to the study of theoretical physics, because one day there may well be proof of multiple universes. 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.”
“This girl [in the audience] may like to know that in another possible universe, she and Zayn are happily married,” he added.
Stephen Hawking recently covered Monty Python’s ‘Galaxy Song’ for Record Store Day. The song was originally sung by Eric Idle for the 1983 Monty Python film The Meaning of Life. In the film, a surgeon (played by John Cleese) seeks help from Idle’s character to persuade an elderly woman to donate her liver by explaining how vast the universe is.
Hawking’s version was released on limited edition seven-inch vinyl earlier this month. Hawking had previously appeared onstage with the comedy troupe during their live reunion shows in 2014.