So, What Caused Zayn Malik To Break Down In Tears?

Zayn Malik is breaking out of his tough bad boy image.

During a recent trip to Africa, Malik couldn’t hold back from crying after visiting sick children at local hospital in Accra, Ghana with his One Direction bandmates.

The British pop star choked up as he chatted with a nurse caring for an ailing baby, whose stay at the ward could have been prevented with a simple vaccination.

“This is why it’s ridiculous, it only cost five pounds,” he said as he held a vaccine bottle. “This could prevent this from happening, you know, just five pounds. That’s all you have to pay.”

Overcome with emotions, Malik excused himself from the room, stepping outside to reflect on the harrowing reality of the visit.

“It’s so hard,” he explained while bursting into tears. “I’ve never seen, never experienced anything like this in my life.”

The rest of Malik’s bandmates — Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Harry Styles and Liam Payne — also met with number of children and babies, all fighting for their lives against common and curable diseases like diarrhea and

“Walking through the hospital is heartbreaking. To see children so sick from malnutrition to pneumonia, there is an air of tension and sadness in the walls,” Tomlinson said, adding “That was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.”

The boys’ charitable visit is just one part of their work for Red Nose Day, Comic Relief’s fundraising telecast airing March 15 in the U.K.

Over this past weekend, 1D released a short preview for their charity single, “One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks),” a mashup of Blondie’s 1979 hit and the Undertones’ 1978 song. All the proceeds will aid Comic Relief’s efforts.

“It kind of put things into perspective for me, just in like in everyday life you have like little problems that we think are so major, and then you go over there and you actually see people that are actually dealing with real problems,” Malik said in an interview last month with U.K. morning show, Daybreak.

Launch the video to check out 1D’s emotional trip to Africa.

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