Zayn Malik Changes Twitter Handle and Removes '1D'

Break out the tissues.

Zayn Malik is once again making headlines. This time the former One Direction singer has sparked the Twitter trend "#YouWillAlwaysBeZaynMalik1D" after fans noticed that he removed that 1D from his Twitter handle.

He is now just known "@ZaynMalik" shortening it from "@ZaynMalik1D."

Malik also removed references to the group from his Twitter bio. The bio used to include a link to One Direction's website. The move comes after he announced his exit from 1D back in March.

But that wasn't all. Malik also tweeted out a rather philosophical message that we're sure his fans are dissecting in the wake of the social media move. "Is speech an extension to our thoughts or an image that we like to create x."

Is speech an extension to our thoughts or an image that we like to create x

-- zaynmalik (@zaynmalik) April 30, 2015

No word on what exactly Zayn was trying to tell everyone with that deep thought, but the change didn't go unnoticed by fans who immediately took to social media to vent about the decision.

Its like my heart is being hit with a sledgehammer for like multimillion times #YouWillAlwaysBeZaynMalik1D

-- njh✼ (@sizzlinnarry) May 1, 2015

Heartbreaking #YouWillAlwaysBeZaynMalik1D pic.twitter.com/udypWTu4kg

-- Niall (@WhatCraicNiall) May 1, 2015

4 IN OUR EYES 5 IN OUR HEARTS ZAYN WILL BE ALWAYS IN OUR HEARTS #YouWillAlwaysBeZaynMalik1D pic.twitter.com/NRJ6xKtJ9P

-- Liam (@paynswodka) May 1, 2015

TOOK 1D OUT OF HIS NAME CHANGED HIS BIO. #YouWillAlwaysBeZaynMalik1D pic.twitter.com/QlmSXbWNvA

-- WE LOVE YOU ZAYN XX (@K_KiallRoran) May 1, 2015

I'M CRIYNG I'M GOING TO SLEEP I DON'T WANNA FEEL THIS FEELING AGAIN PLEASE #YouWillAlwaysBeZaynMalik1D pic.twitter.com/DOevAgROq0

-- ℋ.️ (@xceekei98) May 1, 2015

THIS FANDOM IS SO QUICK IM CRYING AND LAUGHING AT THE SAME TIME #YouWillAlwaysBeZaynMalik1D pic.twitter.com/BKf2ISoNqD"

-- One Direction (@aleenaharry12) May 1, 2015