One fifth of One Direction, Zayn Malik has made the decision to stop touring with his fellow band mates due to stress, following rumours of a break-up from Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards, stemming from allegations of cheating. The band’s PR made the announcement via Twitter earlier today (March 19) saying “1D statement: 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 break-up rumours began after pictures of Zayn and a girl, that wasn’t his fiancé Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards, getting close, surfaced online. Although Zayn has reassured fans that “I love a girl named Perrie Edwards“. Another factor to this stress may also be the strain of fame. A source told the sun: “Zayn finds it tougher than the rest of his band-mates dealing with fame. Having his every movement scrutinized 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“.
The band are currently touring in Australia and Asia, they performed in Bangkok, Thailand over the weekend, and are head off to South Africa and Dubai in April, before an extensive European tour in the Summer.