Zayn Malik has reportedly left the One Direction tour and has headed home to the UK. This report was confirmed on Thursday by Simon Jones–the UK rep for One Direction.
It seems “stress” is the reason being given for why Zayn Malik left Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, and Niall Horan to perform the next three concert dates without him. Two of those events are in Japan, with the third taking place in Jakarta.
Most people are assuming that Zayn is under stress due to recent allegations he cheated on his fiancee, Perrie Edwards.
1D statement: Zayn has been signed off with stress and is flying back to the UK to recuperate. The band wish (cont) http://t.co/sqvOnQodYy
— Simon Jones (@simonjonespr) March 19, 2015
This sudden departure from One Direction no doubt has some fans wondering if Zayn Malik is leaving the band for good. Is that even a consideration? What would 1D be without Zayn?
Get the rest you deserve, @ZaynMalik. We love you: http://t.co/ECJxOmXjs9
— MTV (@MTV) March 20, 2015
Do you think accusations about cheating on Perrie Edwards caused enough stress to prompt Zayn Malik to pack his bags and fly back to the UK? Or do you think there is something much bigger in play here?
It will be interesting to learn what transpires in the next couple of weeks between Zayn and Perrie–as well as between Zayn Malik and the other members of the band.