Written by Alix Nicholson, September 7, 2016

We’re getting pretty worried about Zayn Malik. The boy-bander-turned-solo-muso has just cancelled a gig that he had lined up in Dubai on October 7, citing ‘extreme anxiety’ as the reason he’s had to bow out.

CARSON, CA - MAY 14:  Singer Zayn Malik performs at 102.7 KIIS FM's Wango Tango 2016 at StubHub Center on May 14, 2016 in Carson, California.  (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

In a message to his no-doubt concerned and devastated fans, Zayn explained: ‘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,’ he continued in the heartfelt statement, posted on ticketing agents 117Live’s website. ‘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.’


The latest cancellation comes after his struggles with anxiety forced the singer to cancel his appearance at the Capital Summertime Ball in June. ‘With the magnitude of the event, I have suffered the worst anxiety of my career,’ Zayn bravely revealed.

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Anxiety is a serious condition that makes it difficult to deal with everyday life. It’s more than simple stress or worry, and, on average, affects one in four people in Australia. If you or someone you know is having issues with anxiety or depression, please call Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.

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