Zayn Malik is ‘Angry and Upset’ Over Matt Lauer’s Substance Abuse Remarks

Where is Zayn?
Zayn Malik was too sick to travel to the US for the release of One Direction's new studio album
Uh-oh! Matt Lauer is in hot water for pressing Zayn Malik’s One Direction bandmates about his whereabouts, asking if his absence had to do with substance abuse problems on live TV!

Shortly after, Zayn fired back at the Today Show anchor.

“I’m really angry and upset by what was said,” Malik told The Sun. “I was really ill at the weekend, that’s why I couldn’t fly to America.”

He added, “I was gutted to have to miss album release day, but I’m going to be back as soon as I can. As soon as I’m feeling better I’m going to join the guys and carry on with the promotion for the album.”

Yesterday, Matt Lauer asked Liam Payne: “There is a lot of concern, a lot of fans have been tweeting over night, a lot of action on social media about him. Is there something more serious than just a minor illness? There have been rumors of substance abuse…what’s going on?”

15,000 fans booed, and the boys, who were taken aback by Lauer’s question, insisted Zayn just had a stomach bug.

The Today show even skeptically Tweeted out:

Lauer has yet to comment back, but if the backlash on social media is any indication, fans of the boy band heartthrob are not happy either.