The One Direction fandom has a new hero: Stephen Hawking.
The physicist appeared in hologram form at the Sydney Opera House on Australia on Saturday night and took questions from the audience on important issues like his ALS diagnosis, the future of our planet, and whether theoretical physics could possibly fix One Direction.
Hawking's corporeal form was at his home in Cambridge, U.K., but thanks to the same hologram technology that brought us Tupac at Coachella a few years ago, he spoke to an audience across the globe in "An Evening With Stephen Hawking" -- his first-ever talk in Australia, according to the event website.
"Although I would love to be there in person,” he said in his opening speech, according to Business Insider Australia,
"the idea of being the first person to appear as a hologram at the stage at the Opera House was too good an offer to refuse."
And he made the most of his appearance. At first, he fielded questions about things like struggling with depression after getting diagnosed with ALS -- "there didn’t seem any point working on my Ph.D. because I didn’t know if I would live long enough to finish it" -- and spoke about how the Internet has connected us all into "neurons in the giant brain."
Then, finally, someone asked the question we've all been wondering: "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's response, according to BuzzFeed
: "Finally, a question about something important."
He elaborated with some advice: "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," Hawking pointed out, giving hope to countless fans who are suddenly interested in majoring in theoretical physics in college.
And in a proposition no one has ever thought of before, Hawking suggested studying physics may lead to greater things: "This girl may like to know that in another possible universe, she and Zayn are happily married."
So there you have it. Zayn is still in One Direction and also happily married to you. Stephen Hawking confirmed it!
Watch Eddie Redmayne describe Hawking's reaction to his biopic The Theory of Everything: