Zayn has been signed off due to stress…

Zayn Malik has pulled out of the One Direction world tour and today has flown home from Hong Kong – where he was meant to be doing a Coca-Cola commercial shoot, in order to spend time with his family.

The singer has been signed off due to stress and his shock exit comes after pictures emerged of him with his arms around a girl in Phuket who wasn’t his fiancée Perrie Edwards.

A source told The Sun: ‘Zayn finds it tougher than the rest of his band-mates dealing with fame.

‘Having his every movement scrutinised causes great anxiety and the pictures which surfaced with the fan yesterday was the final straw.

‘He did nothing wrong but the amount of criticism he received was simply too much. He needs to get away.

‘The band’s management accept he needs some time off so he’s been sent home with their blessing.’

A spokesman for the band told The Sun: ‘Zayn has 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.’

Zayn’s absence will mean that he will miss the One Direction‘s shows in the Far East, but he hopes to return to the tour for their concert in Cape Town on March 28th.

The 22-year-old star appeared to reach breaking point on Twitter last night, reacting angrily to fans who were accusing him of cheating on his Little Mix singer fiancée.

The usually mild-mannered Zayn Malik posted: ‘I’m 22 years old I love a girl named Perrie Edwards. And there’s a lot of jealous f**** in this world. I’m sorry for what it looks like.’

The girl Zayn was pictured with was 19-year-old Lauren Richardson from Essex. She met Zayn at a nightclub called Seduction where Example was playing a DJ set. She has since made her social networks private after receiving abuse from One Direction fans.

We wish Zayn all the best and a speedy recovery. It can take a lot of guts to admit you are struggling with stress and anxiety and we hope his time out puts him back in good health.

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