Now here is another way to make One Direction fans cry.
Whether due to recent reports of infidelity or he is just too young for the limelight, Zayn Malik bows out from 1D world tour and heads back to the U.K. to be with his family.
“Zayn is exhausted and just needs a break,” a reliable source tells People Magazine. “Out of everyone of the boys, he’s the one who struggles dealing with being in the spotlight the most. He can’t cope with the level of scrutiny he gets put under. He’s just 22.”
In a statement posted by the band’s rep on Twitter, Malik has apparently “been signed off with stress.” The rep also added that the 22-year-old will come home to his family in England who are really concerned for the star’s wellbeing.
Malik hit rock bottom earlier this week when photos surfaced on social media showing Malik getting a bit too friendly with another woman during a trip in Phuket, Thailand.
— Sugarscape (@sugarscape) March 18, 2015
Star identifies the woman as “Lauren” who posted the photo to her Instagram account with the caption, “Partying with Zayn from One Direction last night.” Star also reported that Malik left with “Lauren” after partying at the Seduction nightclub.
1D fans worldwide came to their idol’s defense following Malik’s Twitter post saying that he is “just 22 years old.. I love a girl named Perrie Edwards. And there’s a lot of jealous f*cks in this world I’m sorry for what it looks like x”
I’m 22 years old… I love a girl named Perrie Edwards. And there’s a lot of jealous fucks in this world I’m sorry for what it looks like x
— zaynmalik1D (@zaynmalik) March 18, 2015
His sister Safaa assured fans that “Zayn is going to be okay very soon.” On her Instagram post, Safaa said that “People need to realize my brother is human to, stop hating him because he hasn’t done anything to anybody, except for defending himself because of what people heard of what he did, but it isn’t true. I love my brother to death, and I do not want to lose him for anything, it hurts me to see him not feeling good. Please pray for my brother, please help him because I know he will be okay please stop sending him hate and getting on him for what he has ‘did’.”
One Direction will continue their performances in Manila and Jakarta.