A pic showing Zayn posing with a fan with his tongue out apparently underwent some clever Photoshopping, as someone planted a stud in his mouth and went to work spreading the image online. The original photo was found and guess what? No tongue stud. Case closed.
But there was also a Vine video that made the rounds and got hearts pitter-pattering. We'll let you do with it what you'd like. Like, watch it over and over. Because...sigh.
In other Zayn news, he followed through on the rumors that he'd have a fair-themed birthday party for Perrie Edwards' 21st b'day bash. Boyfriend of the year, that one.
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