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Stephen Hawking gives Zayn Malik fans 'different universe' hope

Stephen Hawking has told One Direction fans that Zayn Malik could still be a member of the band in an alternative universe.

The iconic professor, who is famed for his work in space and physics, was asked about Malik by an audience at the Sydney Opera House this weekend at a lecture he attended via holographic projection.

He was asked: "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?"

Hawking responded: "Finally, a question about something important. 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."

He then joked: "This girl may like to know that in another possible universe, she and Zayn are happily married."

Malik left One Direction in March to lead a more normal life.

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Watch Zayn Malik being interviewed below: