The former One Direction singer has revealed that his anxiety levels are too high for him to perform again...
Zayn Malik has been forced to pull out of his one-night-only Dubai Concert after revealing to fans he is still suffering from ‘extreme anxiety’.
After working hard to overcome an ongoing battle with mental health, the former One Directioner has written an open letter to fans explaining he is not yet ‘sufficiently confident’ to perform solo at the Autism Rocks Arena in October.
The heartfelt letter read: “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.
“I am assured that all tickets will be refunded. I am truly sorry to disappoint you. I hope to see you all soon. Thank you to all my fans who support me globally. With love and respect always, Zayn.”
Despite widespread disappointed following the announcement, concert organisers at 117Live have stood by Zayn and sent their support to the suffering pop star. CEO, Thomas Ovesen, told fans: “We appreciate Zayn’s honest apologies and wish him all the best for the future.
“We will be looking forward to sharing more of Zayn’s plans with his Middle East fans when we have such information and will now get the ticket refund process started. See you all at our other events at the Autism Rocks Arena.”
Zayn released his number one debut ‘Pillowtalk’ last year after quitting X Factor boyband One Direction during their 2015 On The Road Again tour.
And this isn’t the first time the 23-year-old has been forced to pull out of a gig due to health reasons. In June he missed Capital’s Summer Time Ball after experiencing “the worst anxiety” of his career.
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Zayn apologised to loyal fans and released an equally emotional statement saying: “I want to be honest with everyone who has patiently waited to see me, I promise I will do my best to make this up to everybody I’ve let down today.
“I know those who suffer anxiety will understand and I hope those who don’t can empathises with my situation.”