Written by Staff Writer
21 Mar, 2015 | 1:07 pm
One Direction star Zayn Malik has quit the boyband’s world tour after being “signed off with stress” and is flying back to the UK.
The announcement comes after the singer was forced to defend himself online and declare his love for fiancee Perrie Edwards after pictures emerged of him apparently close to another woman.
A spokesman for the band said: “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.”
On Wednesday the star took a message to his 14.1 million Twitter followers: “I’m 22 years old … I love a girl named Perrie Edwards……….. ””
Edwards, 21, is a member of the girl group Little Mix and the pair met on The X Factor in 2011. They got engaged in August 2013.
A picture, which has been widely shared and published online, showed Malik with his arm around the bare stomach of a woman in a cropped top.
They look like they are posing for the picture, which was reportedly taken in Thailand, and are both smiling, appearing to be cheek-to-cheek.
One Direction are due to perform in Manila on 21 and 22 March as part of their On The Road Again tour.
Earlier it was reported earlier that Malik and bandmate Louis Tomlinson could face fines of thousands of pounds if they are caught using or promoting illegal drugs during the concerts in the Philippines.
The country’s Bureau of Immigration said the pair had been asked to post bonds of more than £3,000 each which will be forfeited if they fall foul of the regulations.
Both men featured in a video, widely reported on last year, in which they shown allegedly smoking cannabis and joking about drug use.
With One Direction stories dominating the headlines, band member Liam Payne tweeted on Thursday: “What a day.”
The band is due to play in Cardiff in June and London in September.
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