Zayn Malik Trades in His Beard for a Soul Patch

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This. Is. Not. A. Drill. Zayn Malik shaved off his beloved beard and left just a teeny soul patch in its place.

The “Pillowtalk” singer, 23, of former One Direction fame, debuted the clean-cut style via Instagram on Thursday, September 29, and naturally, his rabid fan base had thoughts. While a select few were hesitant with praise — “You look different but still handsome 😍😍😍,” wrote @lovelygreeneyess — the vast majority of the 78,000 commenters were more than happy with the end result.

@billy_thhe_kidd: “Fine af.”

@greenxblue_larry: “Mr. Malik you have no right to kill us like this.”

@shanicemahazza: “I swear you just keep on descending from heaven !!!!!!! Xxxxxxxxx.”

@yaraahm666: “This is the reason why im alive rn.”

Zayn Malik
Zayn Malik Kevin Tachman/Getty

And one more made a very astute point of comparison. “Omg he looks like John Stamos,” @nicoleugaldebres said. (We don’t disagree!) 

John Stamos
John Stamos Greg Doherty/Getty

Malik, who’s been dating Gigi Hadid for close to a year, isn’t the only one to rile up the 1D fan base with his hair choices this week. Harry Styles put Us all in a nostalgic place with the release of his three AnOther Man magazine covers, and he’s sporting long tresses (just like the days of yore!) in one of the shots.

What do you think of Malik’s clean-shaven face? Vote in our poll!

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