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Zayn Malik attends The Asian Awards 2015 at The Grosvenor House Hotel on April 17, 2015 in London, England.
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Fans holding out hope that maybe Zayn leaving One Direction was just a sick, cruel joke have yet more proof that it’s really over: the singer removed “1D” from his Twitter handle.

The change prompted a new trending topic from fans mourning his departure, #YouWillAlwaysBeZaynMalik1D.

And yet, Zayn seemed to ask in a ruminative tweet around the time of the change, what’s in a name?

Instead of references to the band and links to its website, his bio now simply notes his location: “england.”

R.I.P., @ZaynMalik1D.


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