Twitter users looking to connect to the account of Zayn Malik, of boy band One Direction, are now likely to be greeted with an apologetic message that says: "Sorry that user no longer exists". The teen star has deleted his Twitter account and claimed he is "sick of all the useless opinions and hate", leaving only two messages to explain his decision.
A message posted on the band's offical group Twitter account confirmed the deletion and added that Malik's decision was prompted by recieving hate mail from his own fans: "The reason i don't tweet as much as i use to, is because I'm sick of all the useless opinions and hate that I get daily goodbye twitter. My fans that have something to say can tweet me on the one direction account."
The news came as something of a shock to his five million-odd followers, most of whom quickly made #ComeBackZayn and #ZaynComeBack trending topics on the social network.
"@1Dgirlforever: I'm actually crying right now, look how much we've caused....just think, Zayn could be leaving 1D and its ALL OUR fault :( #ZaynComeBack," a fan tweeted.
"@OneLoveOneD_: #ZaynComeBack I love you so much and you are amazing. Don't listen to what anyone says. You're brill. @onedirection I miss you do much Zayn❤" a twitter user with name Follow Me Liam, wrote,
"@Novia_Citraa:"@the1Dcentral: Zayn deleted his twitter because of the haters. RT if you miss Zayn already! :( #Zayncomeback," Noviaa tweeted.
It appears Malik was upset after critical remarks over his relationship with Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards were tweeted; some tweets suggested the relationship was a fake.
"They couldn't be happier, it's ridiculous that anyone thinks otherwise," a source told the Mirror, adding, "When they're together it's like excited teenagers getting together for the first time."
These alleged hate tweets also led to Edwards deleting her own account.
Quit Rumours Enrage Fans
The situation became worse after celebrity blogger Perez Hilton tweeted suggesting the deletion of a Twitter account was the "beginning" of the end of Malik's time with One Direction. Predictably, the remark led to several fans turning against Hilton.
"One Direction's Zayn Malik DELETES His Twitter! Called it! I said he'd be the first to leave 1D! This is the beginning!" Hilton tweeted. In addition, the blogger also posted a video suggesting the 19 year old singer was cheating on Edwards. The negative attention, however, has not fazed Hilton.