Zayn Malik announces break from One Direction amidst cheating rumors

Zayn Malik One Direction Break

One Direction’s Zayn Malik is taking a hiatus from the boy band while he sorts through some personal issues, his representative said in a statement today.

“Zayn has been signed off with stress and is flying back to the UK to recuperate,” the rep told E! News. “The band wish him well and will continue with their performances in Manila and Jakarta.”

Zayn’s break comes on the heels of rumors that he cheated on fiancee Perrie Edwards with a female fan in Thailand. In pictures the other woman posted on social media, she and Zayn looked pretty cozy as they embraced and held hands.

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Zayn, who has been engaged to the Little Mix singer since 2013, denied cheating on Twitter.

“I’m 22 years old… I love a girl named Perrie Edwards. And there’s a lot of jealous f**ks in this world I’m sorry for what it looks like x,” he said in the post, which was retweeted by Perrie.

Zayn Malik and Perrie Edwards Disneyland Paris

However, the incident apparently took a toll on Zayn. Although Manila and Jakarta fans are surely disappointed by his absence, other One Directioners are showing their support on Twitter, where the #HaveAGoodRestZayn hashtag is trending worldwide. He is expected to return for One Direction’s concert in South Africa on March 28.

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