Zayn Malik Cancels Concert Due To “Extreme Anxiety”

Carl Williott | September 6, 2016 10:48 am

Zayn Malik has canceled an upcoming arena show due to his ongoing issues with “extreme anxiety.” The solo star called off his October 7 concert in Dubai, explaining in an open letter to fans his recent struggles with solo performances after departing One Direction and releasing his debut LP Mind Of Mine.

“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,” he wrote on the promoter’s website. “I am truly sorry to disappoint you. I hope to see you all soon.”

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All tickets will be refunded. This is the second show Zayn has canceled in recent months due to anxiety: Back in June, he pulled out of his headline slot at Capital Summertime Ball just before he was set to perform, citing the “worst anxiety” of his career.