Malik recently pulled out of the stint in Hong Kong (March 19) so he could fly back to the UK to be with his family after pictures emerged of him with a mystery girl in Thailand. Malik is currently engaged to Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards.
A spokesperson for the band said at the time: “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.”
Following Malik’s departure, Payne was pictured on the band’s tour in Asia holding up a poster of the band with fans. However, he’s angered fans by covering up Malik’s image. See a tweet below, in which Payne writes: “#makinglightofasituation sorry for the laughs guys “.
— Liam (@Real_Liam_Payne) March 23, 2015
Waliyha Malik, 16, wrote on Instagram: “Don’t worry guys, Zayn is going to be okay very soon. All the stress has just gotten to him because of the rumours and hatred he has heard and received. It’s really hurting him, some people are just giving him to much.”
She continued: “People need to realize my brother is human to, stop hating him because he hasn’t done anything to anybody, except for defending himself because of what people heard of what he did, but it isn’t true. I love my brother to death, and I do not want to lose him for anything, it hurts me to see him not feeling good.”
“Please pray for my brother, please help him because I know he will be okay. please stop sending him hate and getting on him for what he has ‘did’.”