The physicist and cosmologist appeared in holographic form at the Sydney Opera House on Saturday (how badass is that?) where he was asked the following by a member of the audience:
"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?"
Instead of ignoring the slightly off-topic question, Professor Hawking gamely answered and told the thousands of heartbroken fans to look to theoretical physics for comfort:
"Finally, a question about something important. 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," he said.
"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 then offered further comfort to the girl who has asked the question:
"This girl may like to know that in another possible universe, she and Zayn are happily married."
A genius answer from, well, a genius.