One Direction: Zayn Malik quitting Twitter...and boy band?

One Direction's Zayn Malik has deleted his Twitter account and is on his way out of the über-popular boy band -- if you believe Perez Hilton.

The gossip blogger incurred the wrath of the "Up All Night" pop group's fans by posting the following tweet Tuesday (Aug. 21):

"One Direction's Zayn Malik DELETES His Twitter! Called it! I said he'd be the first to leave 1D! This is the beginning!"

One Direction -- which performed in the London Olympics Closing Ceremony -- has not commented, but fans have taken to Twitter to express their outrage.

Their responses range from petitions to get Perez booted from Twitter to suggestions that he "die and rot in hell" and "drink gallons of gasoline and throw himself in the fireplace."

Could Perez's prediction (gasp) possibly be true? Or, to quote Zayn in "Gotta Be You," "Can we try one more time to make it all better?
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