Zayn Malik Cancels Gig, Talks Struggle With Anxiety In Revealing Insta Post

Zayn Malik, suave pop wunderkind and former 20% of a Direction, has issued a statement on Instagram regarding his decision to cancel a festival appearance in London last night. 

In the text post, Malik tells fans and followers he couldn’t perform at the Capital FM Summertime Ball festival due to “the worst anxiety of my career.” 

“Unfortunately my anxiety has haunted me throughout the last few months around live performances has gotten the better of me…

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.”

After offering his apologies to concert-goers, Malik said fellow sufferers would get what he was going through; he asked those without anxiety to try and empathise with his situation. 

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Avid Directioners and, well, everyone alive with a working Twitter account, will probably recall the last few months before Malik peaced out of the world-beating boy band due to mental exhaustion. 

First, Malik ended up sitting dates on the group’s South-East Asia tour due to stress; when he did finally leave One Direction, he said it was ’cause he wanted to “have some private time out of the spotlight.”

He’s not the only young pop uberstar to recently shut down their public appearances for mental health reasons, either. 

Justin Bieber quite notoriously canned his $2,000 a pop fan meet-and-greets under similar (but unfortunately-stated) circumstances earlier this year.

While the whole “no partial refunds” thing was cause for complaint, the fact one of the most frequently harangued blokes on the planet wanted some time out is… understandable, really. 

Love u guys.. I’m going to be canceling my meet and greets. I enjoy meeting such incredible people but I end up feeling so drained and filled with so much of other people’s spiritual energy that I end up so drained and unhappy.. Want to make people smile and happy but not at my expense and I always leave feeling mentally and emotionally exhausted to the point of depression .. The pressure of meeting people’s expectations of what I’m supposed to be is so much for me to handle and a lot on my shoulders. Never want to disappoint but I feel I would rather give you guys the show and my albums as promised. Can’t tell you how sorry I am, and wish it wasn’t so hard on me.. And I want to stay in the healthy mindset I’m in to give you the best show you have ever seen 😉

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Malik was slated as one of the leading artists at the event, which also boasted Ariana Grande, Craig David and Nick Jonas, among others. 

Get well soon, dude. 

Source: Zayn Malik / Instagram. 
Photo: Axelle / Bauer-Griffin / Getty / Zayn Malik / Instagram. 

If you’re experiencing anxiety or depression, you can give one of these guys a buzz: Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week), Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800, or Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14. If you’d like to learn more about mental illness and how to seek help, visit Beyond Blue, Black Dog Institute, or Headspace.