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Zayn Malik of One Direction quits Twitter

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As One Direction's Zayn Malik prepared to shut down his Twitter account for good yesterday, he spent his final 280 characters to call out the 1D haters on the social network.

"The reason i don't tweet as much as i use to, is because I'm sick of all the useless opinions and hate that i get daily goodbye twitter :)" he wrote, following up with "My fans that have something nice to say can tweet me on the one direction account , :) x"

The tweets can't be found online now, of course, because soon after those messages went out, the account @zaynmalik ceased to exist.

If there are two things that are true about One Direction fans, it's that they're really devout, and they're social media savvy. So when the British boy band members do something their fans don't like, most often involving going off the market and naming a girlfriend, all kinds of anger gets unleashed into the Twitterverse.

Malik's girlfriend, Perrie Edwards, is reportedly on the receiving end of most of the Twitter hate from 1D fans. And she's not the first victim. Fellow One Directions members Harry Styles and Liam Payne have had to defend their significant others on the social network to try to ebb the stream of insults.

But is that really the reason Malik quit? On Tuesday, Perez Hilton posted a video allegedly showing Malik cheating on his girlfriend. In the wake of Hilton's post, several high-profile celebs soon unfollowed the celebrity blogger, including Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, and Miley Cyrus. Some believe that Malik's goodbye tweet was actually directed at Perez.

Regardless, fans are mourning the loss of Malik's Twitter presence under the hashtags #ComeBackZayn and #ZaynComeBack.

Twitter rules dictate that users have 30 days to reactivate a deleted account, or else all is lost. But still riding the wave of the hit "What Makes You Beautiful," if Malik chooses to come back to the site soon, it won't take him long at all to rebuild his following of over 4.9 million people.