One Direction Members Forced to Pay 'Weed Bond' – and Zayn Malik Quits Tour
The forced bond is the result of a video leaked last May showing Malik and Tomlinson allegedly smoking marijuana
Puff, puff, pay up.
One Direction members Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson have been asked by the Philippines’ Bureau of Immigration to post bonds of nearly $5,000 each, which they would need to forfeit should they be caught smoking marijuana while performing in the country, reports The Daily Telegraph.
“The condition is intended to protect the public interest should the band members commit any violation during their stay in the Philippines,” said bureau spokesman Elaine Tan in a statement obtained by The Telegraph.
If they don’t pay up, the band members would be stopped from performing in Manila this weekend as part of their On the Road Again world tour.
Malik, 22, and Tomlinson, 23, are being asked to pay the bond after a video emerged last May showing the two singers sharing what Tomlinson referred to as a “joint” and talking about drugs. The video was reportedly taken while the band was on tour in Latin America.
While neither party directly addressed the clip, fellow band member Liam Payne, 21, alluded to the scandal in a Tweet and apologized, writing, “We are only in our 20s [and] we all do stupid things at this age.”
However, it looks like the band won’t need to post a bond for Malik after all. On Thursday, Simon Jones of Hackford Jones PR, which represents the band in the U.K., Tweeted that the singer will be taking a break from the tour. The statement cited “stress” as a cause and that the band “will continue with their performances in Manila and Jakarta.”
This isn’t the first time the boys have faced controversy this week. On Wednesday, Malik fired back at rumors that he was cheating on his fiancée, Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards, following photos that emerged online of him holding hands with a mystery blonde. “I’m sorry for what it looks like,” he Tweeted.
Earlier this month, Payne directly addressed a news outlet on Twitter for reporting that he may have a drinking problem after being spotted out partying with his bandmates. He called the report “out of order” and insisted that he doesn’t drink any more “than a [college] student my age, so don’t treat me like I’m any different to a normal boy my age.”