Many in the fandom wondered if he'd get in the celebratory mix, given that he was there for most of those five years, and just when we thought we'd never hear from him, a kind tweet from Liam Payne brought Zayn front and center with a reply.
An epic, feeling-all-the-feels, melting the internet, tweet.
Liam thanked the fans before thanking ALL the 1D guys.
And Zayn answered the shoutout, tweeting "thanks bro!"...and that one little thank you meant so, so, so much more than anything, really.
@Real_Liam_Payne thanks bro ! 😀 x— zaynmalik (@zaynmalik) July 23, 2015