As most One Direction fans will know, back in June former band member Zayn Malik was forced to pull his act from London’s Capital Summertime Ball because of his issues with anxiety.

And while the singer has since opened up about his battle with mental health, today’s news confirms that Zayn’s personal struggles are not quite over.

According to the Mail Online, the former X Factor contestant has been forced to cancel his upcoming gig in Dubai because he does not feel “sufficiently confident” to perform on stage.


In a press release detailing the cancellation of the October 7 show, Zayn said: “I have been working over the last three months to overcome my extreme anxiety around major live solo performances.”

“I feel I am making progress but I have today acknowledged that I do not feel sufficiently confident to move forward with the planned show in Dubai in October.”

Gulf News has reported that the Dubai gig was the 23-year-old’s only remaining scheduled solo concert since he left One D last year.


Zayn is one of a number of stars – which includes Selena Gomez and Rita Ora – to publicly acknowledge how anxiety has affected their lives in recent months.

We hope he receives the help he needs to get back on track.

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