Sep 08, 2016

    Ex-1D singer cancels Dubai concert over anxiety


    SINGER Zayn Malik, who devastated One Direction fans when he left the chart-topping boy band last year, has cancelled a concert in Dubai, saying anxiety issues did not make him confident enough to perform a major solo show.

    The 23-year-old was due to perform on Oct 7.

    But concert organisers 117 Live said in a statement on their website that it had been cancelled and that ticket holders would be refunded.

    "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," Malik told fans in a message posted on the website.

    "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 truly sorry to disappoint you."

    Malik announced he was leaving the hugely successful band in March last year after five years, saying he wanted to lead a normal life.

    A few months later, the remaining four members of the group, which came to prominence on British talent show The X Factor, said they would be taking a break.