While female celebrities are constantly causing buzz with even the slightest changes to their appearance (have you seen Amanda Seyfried’s new side-swept fringe?), it’s a rare occurrence when a male celeb makes such a splash over a haircut ― unless you’re a member (or former one) of One Direction, that is!

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Zayn Malik attends Tom Ford fashion show during New York Fashion Week September 2016 at 99E 52d St. on September 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Following in the footsteps of former bandmate Harry Styles, who caused a frenzy when he chopped off his trademark locks this summer (and for a good cause too!) Zayn Malik caused a stir of his own when he took to Instagram yesterday to post a (gasp!) beardless selfie.

Apparently, the world wasn’t ready, as fans took to Twitter to cope with the pain from the change.

In fact, some were downright indignant.

Others, however, saw it as an opportunity!

@rxwinda spoke for the people, urging Zayn to grow that ish back out, and stat, while others, like @ZJMaccF, offered up a hypothetical motive (too hot, bro!).

Some are still on the fence…

And @docharleen? She doesn’t know Zayn at all anymore.

Whether you’re pro-beardless Zayn or con, however, one thing’s for sure: Guy knows how to cause a ruckus!

Do you like your men scruffy or clean shaven? Share @BritandCo!

(h/t Bustle, photos via Frazer Harrison + Jamie McCarthy/Getty)