One Direction’s Zayn Malik Leaves Tour Due to ‘Stress’
The only direction Zayn Malik is heading towards is home.
Amid rumors that the boybander has cheated on his fiancée, Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards, Malik is taking time away from One Direction, leaving Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne to continue with their international tour without him.
“Zayn has been signed off with stress and is flying back to the U.K. to recuperate,” a statement from the group’s rep reads. “The band wish him well and will continue with their performances in Manila and Jakarta.”
Malik’s break also comes hot on the heels of news that his band has been forced to post “weed bonds” for their Manila concert. The Bureau of Immigration has ruled that Malik and Tomlinson, who were filmed smoking what many suspected to be a joint last year, must pay $5,000 before their show. The money will be forfeited if either singer is caught using drugs or promoting drug use while in the country.Though
Though Malik, 22, has kept quiet about the marijuana controversy, he did recently respond to the rumors surrounding his alleged infidelity, writing:
The rest of the band have not made their own individual statements regarding Malik’s exit.
The U.K’s Mirror reports that Malik hopes to rejoin the tour in South Africa on March 28.