Zayn Malik has quit the the One Direction world tour after being signed off for stress.
Simon Jones, PR for the band, has released a statement saying: “Zayn has been signed off with stress and is flying back to the UK to recuperate.
“The band wish him well and will continue with their performances in Manila and Jakarta.”
The Sun initally reported that the 22-year-old pulled out of a commercial recording with his band mates in Hong Kong today to fly home.
A source told the paper: “Zayn finds it tougher than the rest of his band-mates dealing with fame. Having his every movement scrutinised causes great anxiety and the pictures which surfaced with the fan yesterday was the final straw.
“He did nothing wrong but the amount of criticism he received was simply too much. He needs to get away.”
Zayn was forced to deny that he had cheated on his fiancee Perrie Edwards after a photo emerged of him holding hands with a girl now identified as Lauren Rich on a night out in Phuket.
Taking to Twitter yesterday, he wrote: “I’m 22 years old… I love a girl named Perrie Edwards. And there’s a lot of jealous f**ks in this world I’m sorry for what it looks like x”
Let’s hope Zayn gets the rest he needs back home.
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