The moment that Directioners everywhere have dreaded has come a lot sooner than expected - the remaining members of 1D are being pitted against Zayn for an award.
The first wave of 2015's Teen Choice Award nominations appeared online last night, and fans quickly spotted a very glaring anomaly: In the "Choice Male Hottie" category (yep, this is a thing), the combined hotness of the 1D boys is going head-to-head with the likes of Justin Bieber, Austin Mahone... and Zayn Malik.
And fans are freaked.
TEEN CHOICE AWARD IS SO STUPID PUTTING ZAYN AND ONE DIRECTION IN THE SAME CATEGORY LIKE WTF MAN #1DForMMVA— maricel (@Idonuthing) June 9, 2015
ZAYN STANS AND 1D STANS ARE GOING TO FIGHT FOR THIS AWARD FOR THEIR FAVE LIKE THERE IS NO TOMORROW THESE ARE THE PROBLEMS TCA HAVE CAUSED— Layrab ¨̮ (@corrosivehes) June 9, 2015
Some are sticking with the boys.
so One Direction and Zayn Malik are nominated in the same award in TCAs. But guess what? I am gonna vote for the boys pic.twitter.com/1cxX6O5wqM— HARRY PLS - THALIA (@teasingharrys) June 10, 2015
Well I'm sorry but I'm gonna be voting for the boys bc Zayn wants to be a normal 22 year old and normal 22 year olds don't get awards— ellie (@theladsotra) June 10, 2015
And some actually fancy Zayn's chances.
"why is zayn nominated?" because he's fine as hell and his fashion sense is the best and always has been out of all of the boys combined— perla // ZQUAD (@zjmhoneymoon) June 10, 2015
Zayn Already knows he's the hottest he doesn't need an award for it, but it would be cool to get one for him— farah (@_MarvelMalik) June 9, 2015
But a few can see right through the Teen Choice Awards' plans.
Teen choice putting the boys and Zayn in the same category wanting to start drama and fights is so wrong don't give them what they want— bri (@booksharrys) June 9, 2015
this whole zayn vs 1d thing is a pr stunt and a desperate way to get views for a pathetic award show don't pay too much attention to it— ·°˖✧ amith ✧˖°· (@niallwifipizzas) June 9, 2015
By complete coincidence, Zayn dropped by Instagram this morning with newly-bleached white hair and a "Vote For Me" smoulder, just to low-key remind you just how hot he is.