Remember Zayn Malik, that handsome chap who used to be in pop irritants One Direction? Well, he’s just got a new tattoo. On his face.
Continuing his apparent mid-life crisis at the young age of 23, and adding to his already awful collection of body art, Zayn appears to have just had an image of a phoenix permanently inked on the side of his head.
It’s like Mike Tyson, only worse.
Malik posted a photo of his new ink on Instagram last night to demonstrate his questionable decision making and life choices for all to see:
And, as you might expect, the Internet had a bit of a meltdown when they got a glimpse of what lovely Zayn had gone and done to his lovely face.
For starters, the letters M.O.M aren’t actually a reference to his mother (which might have redeemed this somewhat), but rather the initials of his debut solo album, Mind of Mine.
Let’s hope the album doesn’t flop…
When you realize Zayn's M.O.M tattoo stands for Mind of Mine and not Mom pic.twitter.com/mV2YLAjZdC
— Alice from Modest! (@Radio1Direction) March 11, 2016
Zayn's new music = 🔥
Zayn's new tattoo = 💩
— Rogan O'Connor (@Rogan_OConnor) March 12, 2016
When you thought Zayn was trying to be cute by getting the tattoo M.O.M meaning "mom" pic.twitter.com/qENSFyq6tD
— Jasmine (@sacredzjm) March 12, 2016
But is it actually real? A lot of 1D and Zayn fans are really hoping not…
Zayn's tattoo better be fake or I'm unstanning
— 🔪 angela🔪 (@DegrassiFeeIs) March 11, 2016
Some seem to think it’s all a ruse and just part of the shoot for his new music video…
So the head tattoo is fake it's just there for the video zayn's shooting
— ZADDY (@ShadowhuntZarry) March 12, 2016
Whatever the truth, at least all the infamous ‘Directioners’ reacted in their typically calm and rational way…
You know how we say that Zayn's face is a work of art… well pic.twitter.com/uurGdK8BSx
— ZAYN Is God MALIK (@zayntheist) March 11, 2016
me when i imagine zayn will might have another and bigger face tattoo pic.twitter.com/v9t5pJaX5R
— ️️️️️ (@niazartkid) March 11, 2016
Zayn got a tattoo on his face pic.twitter.com/DIZ2MI2LBF
— GACHOI #JOANNE (@KRBOOGEH) March 12, 2016
And shout out to this one user who kind of predicted this, mere hours before it actually came to pass…
im all for do whatever you want your body your choice but zayn better not ever get a face tattoo he can not deform the art that is his face.
— aya 🌹 (@maIiksqueen) March 11, 2016
Still, we kind of like the way the tattoo links up with Zayn’s stubble. So at least he’s got that going for him?
Oh, and all that money he has. That’s probably pretty great too…