After all, stranger things have happened, but in this case, reality set in and made us feel all the feels again that he is really, truly gone forever from the band.
Here's how it went down: someone noticed the statement about Zayn quitting the band was removed from the One Direction Facebook page, leading many to believe that it had to mean something.
Also? His face/bio returned to the One Direction official website.
The voice of reason from some more level-headed Twitter users pulled us back to the real world though (hate when that happens, tbh) and we knew all the chatter was probably just a lot of wishful thinking.
Gossip Cop also got the scoop from "a source close to both Malik and One Direction," who told the site: "He is not returning to 1D."
Last time I'm saying this...spread the word. ..the statement is hidden from the timeline. Lots of us know this already. #zayniscomingback— chicken wing (@autumnd6) June 14, 2015