Written by Frances Kindon, June 12, 2016

Poor Zayn Malik!

The troubled star has pulled out of Capital FM’s Summertime Ball in London at the last minute, explaining he’s being ‘haunted’ by ‘the worst anxiety of my career.’

Taking to Insta, the 23-year-old explained: “To all those people who have been waiting to see me perform at the Capital Summertime Ball today…

“I flew into the UK last night to appear in my home country in front of my family, friends, and most importantly my UK fans.

“Unfortunately my anxiety that has haunted me throughout the last few months around live performances has gotten the better of me… with the magnitude of the event I have suffered the worst anxiety of my career. 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

“I know those who suffer anxiety will understand and I hope those who don’t can empathises with my situation.”

Having quit One Direction last year because he wanted a ‘normal’ life, Zayn’s previously admitted he hates being in the spotlight.

“When it comes to TV, that’s the worst. I hate the whole setup. It’s when you are fully glammed up and you’re sitting with a hundred lights in your face and someone is asking you questions in front of a crowd of people – that’s when it becomes a bit strange for me,” he shared.

“I’m not a public speaker. I’m a singer. Those two things are very different in my brain. I’m not an extrovert in everyday life. I’m a performer. When it comes to stage I can sing and do that, but when I’m in normal-day life I’m very reserved. I guess that’s my downfall.”

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