Zayn Malik is canceling an upcoming concert in Dubai, citing “extreme anxiety.”
The ex-One Direction singer, 23, was due to perform on Oct. 7, at the Autism Rocks Arena, but decided that he didn’t feel prepared. He made the announcement in a statement posted through ticketing agents 117Live.
“Dear fans, I have been working over the last three months to overcome my extreme anxiety around major live solo performances,” he wrote in the message. “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 in Dubai in October.”
He continued: “I am assured that all tickets will be refunded. I am truly sorry to disappoint you. I hope to see you all soon. Thank you to all my fans who support me globally. With love and respect always, Zayn.”
The “Pillow Talk” heartthrob also canceled an appearance at the U.K.’s Capital Summertime Ball back in June for similar reasons.
The “anxiety that has haunted me throughout the last few months around live performances has gotten the better of me,” he said in a tweet. “With the magnitude of the event, I have suffered the worst anxiety of my career.”
He was supported by his girlfriend, fashion model Gigi Hadid, who shared a sweet response tweet addressed to Malik.
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“Z – I’ve seen the battles you go through and the way you fight to get to a place that allows you to get up there for your fans,” the model wrote. “Your bravery in those times makes me proud, but your honesty last night proved what you’re all about, being real. Human recognizes human. You made the best of the situation and have given your fans an opportunity to understand you better as a performer.”
“Those who can find compassion now are the ones that deserve to watch you continue to grow,” she continued. “We are all here to support you and make each experience easier. Your talent and good heart will never lead you wrong. Love you and so proud of you always 🙂 xG.”