Hawkins has been mulling over the cosmological effect of singer Zayn Malik leaving the boy band One Direction and come up with a theoretical universal construct which could explain it all.
He suggested that heartbroken fans should follow theoretical physics, because Malik may well still be a member of the pop group in another universe.
Hawkins answered a question from one upset fan during a talk at Sydney Opera House at the weekend.
“Finally a question about something important,” Hawking, who appeared via hologram, said to loud laughs from the audience.
“My advice to any heartbroken young girl is to pay attention to the study of theoretical physics because, one day, there may well be proof of multiple universes.
“It would not be beyond the realms of possibility that somewhere outside of our own universe lies another, different universe and, in that universe, Zayn is still in One Direction.”
Of course that universe might be in danger of being eaten by a giant star badger, One Direction might actually have talent, or some other implausible scenario.