To Directioners, Paul, the boys’ tour manager, is almost as famous as Niall, Zayn, Harry, Liam, and Louis themselves.

However, rumor has it that Paul has officially quit after a serious argument with Zayn!

According to a source, tension between Zayn and Paul had “finally come to a head leading to Paul’s relationship with the band coming to an end.”

What the fight was about, we don’t really know. We can’t imagine what could be so serious that it would cause Paul to quit this job, which must be totally awesome.

The source continued, “In many ways he has completely run the show while they’ve been on tour—they even call him Daddy.

“He became a friend as well as a key part of their management setup. He’s always been at the heart of the One Direction team and it’s hard to think of them going on tour without him there.”

It’s hard for us to imagine One Direction without Paul! What could’ve gone down between him and Zayn that was this serious?

People are speculating that this has to do with Zayn’s alleged drug problem. Back when the boys performed on the US Today Show, Zayn failed to show up.

Host Matt Lauer asked, “There’s obviously a lot of concern, a lot of fans have been tweeting overnight. Is it something more serious? There have been rumors of substance abuse. What’s going on?”

Liam answered, “No, he’s just got a stomach bug. He’s okay. He’s just at home. He just needs to rest.”

Obviously we hope that Zayn is okay, and that these rumors that Paul has quit are untrue.