Stephen Hawking Consoles One Direction Fans Saddened By Zayn Malik's Exit
"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."
Professor Stephen Hawking attempted to provide some comfort to One Direction fans who were distraught over Zayn Malik leaving the band, arguing that theoretical physics makes it entirely possible that in another universe Zayn is still very much part of 1D.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that at a Q&A at the Sydney Opera House, Hawking, who appeared as a hologram, was asked the pertinent question: “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?”
His response was, predictably, scientifically sound: "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."
He added: "And in that universe, Zayn is still in One Direction. This girl may like to know that in another possible universe, she and Zayn are happily married."
The British physicist, who was the subject of the Oscar-nominated biopic The Theory of Everything, also answered questions about his struggles with ALS as well as his more serious theories on the universe and the future of mankind.
Regarding the film, for which Eddie Redmayne won the best actor Oscar, Hawking said he was apprehensive about the movie as it was based on a book by his ex-wife. But after seeing the film he felt "it was surprisingly honest about our marriage."
At the end of the Q&A, in true Star Trek fashion Hawking was beamed back to Cambridge.
See some of Professor Hawking's responses to questions in the video below.