Friday, March 20, 2015

Zayn Malik of One Direction will not perform in Manila concert

It looks like British boyband One Direction will be a 4-man band for now, after it was announced that Zayn Malik won’t be joining the rest of the boys in Manila on March 21 and 22.


Simon Jones of PR firm Hackford Jones and a publicist for the band, wrote a statement on Twitter on Thursday, March 19, saying that Zayn flew back to the UK to recover from stress:

"1D statement: Zayn has been signed off with stress and is flying back to the UK to recuperate. The band wish him well and will continue with their performances in Manila and Jakarta," he said, and also confirmed to UK publication Digital Spy.

According to The Sun, a source tells the publication that Zayn has been feeling the immense pressure of being an international star, saying:

The band recently paid the 'marijuana bond' the Bureau of Immigration required on Thursday, March 19. This order was issued in relation to a previous incident where Zayn and fellow member Louis Tomlinson were caught smoking marijuana on video, which went viral in 2014.

They wrapped up their concert in Hongkong on March 18, Wednesday, before coming to Manila, as part of their “On The Road Again” tour.

-shaw

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