Zayn Malik cancelled a gig in London last night due to anxiety.
The former One Direction singer was supposed to appear at Capital FM’s Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium, alongside the likes of Tinie Tempah, Ariana Grande, Clean Bandit, Years & Years, Nick Jonas and Will.i.am.
During the afternoon before the show, however, Zayn tweeted a message to his fans explaining that his anxiety, which has “haunted” him over the past few months, had “gotten the better” of him.
“I have suffered the worst anxiety of my career,” he continued. “I cannot apologise enough, but I want to be honest with everyone who has waited patiently to see me.”
Ellie Goulding then took to Twitter in response to Zayn’s message, saying: “Anxiety is real… I know the feeling.”
Zayn finished his note by saying: “I know those who suffer anxiety will will understand and I hope those who don’t can empathise with my situation.”
Read Zayn’s message in full below:
— zayn (@zaynmalik) June 11, 2016
Since leaving One Direction last year, Zayn has become a megastar in his own right. When he released his first single, ‘Pillowtalk’, in February, it was the fastest-selling single of 2016 (at that point), racking up combined sales of 112,000 copies in its first week.
Then when Zayn put out his debut album, ‘Mind Of Mine’, on March 25, the record became the first ever album by a solo British male artist to debut at number one in the USA.
A solo British male artist hasn’t topped the American Billboard charts since 1988, when George Michael released ‘Faith’, which debuted at 41 and took nine weeks to reach the summit.
Zayn joins such luminaries as Justin Timberlake (*NSYNC), Gwen Stefani (No Doubt) and Beyoncé (Destiny’s Child) as one of the relatively few artists who have managed to score number one albums both while members of a group and then subsequently as soloists.