The ex-One Direction singer was due to play Capital’s Summertime Ball on Saturday (June 11), but pulled out just two hours before he was due on stage.
Malik has since taken to social media to thank fans for the support that followed the cancellation. “Thank you for your kind messages of support. It means a lot. X” he wrote.
— zayn (@zaynmalik) June 11, 2016
Thank you for your kind messages of support. It means a lot. X
— zayn (@zaynmalik) June 12, 2016
Despite festival organisers announcing to fans that he would not be playing the event, Malik also took to Facebook with a thorough explanation detailing his anxiety and remorsefully apologising. “I cannot apologise enough but 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,” the statement read.
Alongside fans, the artist’s girlfriend Gigi Hadid showed her support for the 23-year-old. She tweeted: “Your bravery in those times makes me proud, but your honesty last night proved what you’re all about, being real.”
— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) June 12, 2016
According to attendees of the show, the announcement of Malik’s absence was received with “deafening” boos, and many fans left before the last act, Tinie Tempah.
Malik’s next confirmed live appearance is on October 7 in Dubai.