Zayn Malik ditches 1D tour: Fans and vicious rumors to blame

Mar 19, 2015 at 1:08 p.m. ET
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Uh-oh, Directioners, we have some bad news. A spokesperson for the band announced today that Zayn Malik is ducking out of their Asian tour due to stress. But what's stressing out poor Malik?

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"Zayn has been signed off with stress and is flying back to the U.K. to recuperate," said a spokesperson to The Mirror. "The band wish him well and will continue with their performances in Manila and Jakarta."

It's not difficult to pinpoint where Malik's stress is coming from, either. Rumors have been running rampant (thanks to U.K. gossip mag The Sun) that Malik cheated on his longtime fiancée Perrie Edwards while in Thailand. There are even pictures of him with the other girl in question. Need proof that's likely the biggest cause of his stress? Look no further than Malik's most recent tweet.


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Poor guy! We certainly understand the pressure that comes from being in a long-term, basically long-distance relationship. If he really did make a mistake in Thailand, we're sure he regrets it. If he didn't, it can't be fun to have your character called into question across the nation's tabloids. It's even more frustrating if Edwards isn't understanding of the rumors.

The Sun also cited that Malik was the least accustomed to dealing with One Direction's massive fame. We're sure the crazy fangirls and high-pitched screams can be overwhelming. However, it seems unlikely that could be the cause of his return home. The guys of 1D have been dealing with the stresses of fame for several years now. If it were going to crack him, it certainly would have done so sooner.

We wish him all the rest and comfort at home. Hopefully, things can be set straight soon enough and he'll be back on the road with his boys in no time.

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