And heartbroken fans are helplessly watching the drama unfold.
Malik, who already has a solo song, replied to what appears to be a subtweet directed toward him, sent by One Direction's Louis Tomlinson. For those who haven't been following the story closely (seriously, though, what else has even been going on?), here's a comprehensive guide
It started on Monday, when 1D's Liam Payne Instagrammed a video with the caption "New fifth member? I think so,"suggesting that an unidentifiable man singing Aerosmith's "Don't Want to Miss a Thing" at karaoke should be Malik's replacement. Read more...More about Music, Social Media, Watercooler, Conversations, and One Direction