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Zayn Malik Has Cancelled An Upcoming Dubai Concert Due To Anxiety

He was due to play at the Autism Rocks Arena on 7 October.

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Ex-member of One Direction Zayn Malik has been enjoying great success with his solo album, Mind of Mine, since it was released back in March.

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But he has revealed that he has trouble with major solo performances. In June, he cancelled an appearance at the Capital Summertime Ball last-minute due to the "worst anxiety of his career".

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And today he announced that he will not be appearing at a scheduled concert at Dubai's Autism Rocks Arena on 7 October.

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In a note on the venue's website, Zayn explained to fans that though he feels he is making progress, he is still suffering from extreme anxiety.

Dear Fans,

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.

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,


The promoters expressed their sadness at the news, saying in a statement that they "appreciate Zayn's honest apologies and wish him all the best".

"I know those who suffer anxiety will understand," Zayn said in June, "and I hope those who don’t can empathise with my situation.”

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