On Tuesday, he shocked fans when he revealed that his high-profile romance with Gigi Hadid had come to an end after more than two years together.
And Zayn Malik was spotted for the first time since the headline-grabbing announcement later that day, looking forlorn has he relaxed solo on the grounds of the palatial Miami holiday home he's been holed up in over the past several days.
However, while the 25-year-old singer stepped out shirtless in the Florida sunshine, it was hard to miss that he was still sporting the inking of his supermodel ex's eyes on his heavily tattooed chest - a fact which hasn't escaped his fans.
Wearing just a pair of black shorts, the former One Direction heartthrob was seen puffing on a cigarette as he wandered around by himself, stepping in and out of the intense sun as he cut a downcast figure.
He also took a seat at the edge of the property's expansive veranda, and was seen scrolling through his phone during his day of mostly solitary relaxation.
And while he took some time to himself, fans of the star flocked to Twitter in droves to mock him for tattooing 22-year-old Gigi's eyes on his chest - especially as he'd previously inked the image of his ex Perrie Edwards along the length of his arm.
Wrote one fan: 'So Zayn got a tattoo of Perrie and then they broke up, then he got a tattoo of Gigi's eyes and now they broke up... Will this man ever learn?'
'Zayn unfollowed Gigi on [Instagram] but I’d love to see how he’s gonna unfollow that giant tattoo he has of her eyes on his chest,' stated another social media user.
Noted a third: 'Zayn needs to think more about some of his tattoo choices though,' followed by another, who tweeted to Zayn: 'I bet you regret that eye tattoo now huh?'
During Zayn's day of solo relaxation, he found time to be on his social media accounts, posing for selfies and releasing a statement confirming the split.
His post on Twitter read: 'Gigi and I had an incredibly meaningful, loving and fun relationship and I have a huge amount of respect and adoration for Gigi as a woman and a friend. She has such an incredible soul.
'I'm grateful to all of our fans for respecting this difficult decision and our privacy at this time, we wish this news could have come from us first. We love you all. xZ.'
Mocked: In the moments following the split announcement, fans flocked to Twitter in droves to mock Zayn's decision to have his now ex-girlfriend's eyes tattooed on his chest
Just 11 minutes after Zayn put out his post, Gigi released her own statement on the micro-blogging site, writing: 'Breakup statements often seem impersonal because there is really no way to put into words what two people experience together over a few years.. not only in the relationship, but in life in general.
I'm forever grateful for the love, time, and life lessons that Z and I shared. I want nothing but the best for him and will continue to support him as a friend that I have immense respect and love for. As for the future, whatever's meant to be will always be. xG.'
Earlier in the day, he raised eyebrows when he shared a shirtless selfie on Instagram along with a cryptic caption which read: 'When Life throws you lemons , catch em so they don’t hit you in the f*****g face.'
Relentless jabs: The jabs relentlessly continued as it was pointed out that the former One Direction star had also previously tattooed his ex Perrie Edwards' image tattooed on his arm
Later that day, he returned to the image-sharing app to post a selfie which showed him looking forlorn as he peered down toward the camera lens.
Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid representatives were contacted for further comment.
News of the split comes just a handful of months after Bradford-born Zayn took to social media to share a boomerang of himself and Gigi sharing a passionate kiss as they celebrated two years of being together.
Pillowtalk singer Zayn captioned the brief clip: '2 yrs w my favorite human.' [sic]
The former lovebirds recently spent a lot of time apart - and were last pictured together in January - as Gigi walked the world's runways for fashion month and Los Angeles-based Zayn jetted off to Miami to work on new music.
Zayn had been dating the supermodel since November 2015, six months after he broke up with Little Mix singer fiance Perrie Edwards, 24.
Back in September 2016, Gigi - who began dating Zayn within weeks of splitting from Joe Jonas - gushed about her then fledgling romance with the British singer.
When asked by ES magazine what she found most attractive about her handsome beau, she said: 'I would say his brain. For the first time, we are both in a relationship where we have very similar interests outside of work and that is really important.
Tatt's not the way to do it: Zayn previously had the image of his ex Perrie Edwards tattooed onto his arm - but covered it up soon after their August 2015 split
Show out to my ex: In May 2013, his then-girlfriend Perrie Edwards was on hand to watch as he got a sizeable inking on his leg at a tattoo parlour in the harbour town of Weymouth, Dorset
'We cook a lot together and do art together and we're each others' best friends. We both feel we can talk about anything and learn a lot from one another.'
She also revealed that the heartthrob had influenced her tastes in food, adding: 'I'm also getting super into British foods. I'm loving Heinz baked beans in the morning, yeah and Z cooks a lot.
'He makes a brilliant curry. Butter chicken is his signature dish. Don't worry - he's representing good for the British boys!'
In January, Gigi's mother Yolanda spoke of her joy of seeing her daughter so in love -adding that she vowed to be there to support the millennial power couple.
Grown apart: Zayn and Gigi had reportedly 'grown apart' toward the end of their relationship
Statement: Zayn took to Twitter to release a heartfelt statement in which he confirmed the split
Speaking out: Just 11 minutes after Zayn's post, Gigi put out her own statement on Twitter
She said: 'When you raise your children, I hope I instilled the best in them to make the right choices and turn to me and say "I love this man" then I'm going to love them too.
'This is their journey and I'm just here to support both of them as long as they make each other happy, working through things then I'm happy.'
Adding that she embraced him like a son, Dutch beauty Yolanda said: 'He's a beautiful human being from Bradford, England. He's from the same background that I'm from, him and I get along great and he's like a son to me. It's all good.
'He has no family here and he's so far away so I understand that life because I lived that life. I think that I'm just a momma to him.'
Raising eyebrows: As news of the shocking breakup came to light, Zayn raised eyebrows when he took to his Instagram account to share shirtless selfie along with a cryptic post
Feeling blue? Later that day, he returned to the image-sharing app to post a selfie which showed him looking forlorn as he peered down toward the camera lens
Snap decisions: And as he relaxed on the grounds of the palatial Miami mansion he's been holed up in over the past several days, he shared yet another sad selfie on Instagram
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