Proof Zayn Malik’s “Extreme” Mental Illness is Worse Than You Thought
When Zayn Malik first announced his departure from One Direction, he was excited “to be a normal 22-year-old.” But things quickly shifted when the singer signed a solo record deal and released his first album without the rest of the 1D guys, Mind of Mine. Although things seemed to be going perfectly for the British hunk, not everything on the outside always matches what’s happening on the inside.
Back in June, Gigi Hadid’s boyfriend was forced to cancel his performance at London’s Capital Summertime Ball because he was suffering from the “worst anxiety” of his career. Although talk of his mental illness has slowly died down over the summer and some assumed that it was a one-time thing, Zayn is still very much battling the disorder and announced the cancellation of another one of his upcoming gigs.
“I have been working over the last three months to overcome my extreme anxiety around major live solo performances 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 wrote in a statement. “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.”
Sure, the tall, dark and handsome man says he is “making progress” in facing his mental health struggles, but fans seem to think the repeated cancellations tell a very different story, and his battle with anxiety is something that’s been going on for much longer than he ever let on.
Zayn's anxiety is getting worse it's sad he can't even do what he loves to do but cut him some slack ya'll acting like you know everything
— ㅤnirvana (@njhbless) September 5, 2016
oh god zayn cancelled his show i hope his anxiety isnt getting any worse
— a (@hejabislut) September 5, 2016
Zayn should have gotten help years ago. I doubt he didn't have anxiety before. I mean, it's worse because he's solo now but still.
— Patrixia J-2 (@_larriemess) September 5, 2016
Zayn's anxiety must be so bad if he keeps cancelling his gigs, I can't imagine it's easy being a music artist and feeling unable to perform
— ruby (@sloanxavery) September 6, 2016
Zayn needs all the support we can give him he's suffered from anxiety for a long time.. He needs our love and support #WeLoveYouZayn
— MiNd Of MiNdd (@Myreligionzaynm) September 6, 2016
Ultimately, anxiety disorders are very real and can definitely be crippling. We hope Zayn gets the help he needs and eventually feels comfortable to get back on stage and do what he loves.
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