Zayn Malik Cancels Capital FM Summertime Ball Performance Over Anxiety
Zayn Malik canceled his Capital FM Summertime Ball performance at the last minute on Saturday. He has released a statement blaming his anxiety for his decision to pull out of the event.
The 2016 edition of the radio station’s annual London concert brought out acts like Nick Jonas and Little Mix. As 9 p.m. local time approached, “#ZAYNNatCapitalSTB” began to trend as fans awaited Malik’s turn on the stage. But the former One Direction singer backed out of the gig.
In a statement posted on Twitter around 9:30 p.m. (4:30 Eastern Time), Malik said he flew into London on Friday with the intention of performing at the event. “Unfortunately my anxiety that has haunted me throughout the last few months around live performances has gotten the better of me,” he wrote, noting, “With the magnitude of the event, I experienced the worst anxiety of my career.”
Malik went on, “I cannot apologize 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.” The British star added, “I know those who suffer with anxiety will understand and I hope those who don’t can empathize with my situation.”
Prior to Malik’s own comments, Capital FM said in a statement, “We’re very sorry we’ve just been told that due to illness Zayn will not be performing at today’s show. We know everyone’s already had a great day and enjoyed the 19 other huge artists’ performances but of course we’re all gutted that Zayn’s had to pull out tonight at the last minute. We’re sure Zayn will let his fans know what’s happened as soon as he can and we know everyone will join us in wishing him better.”
As Gossip Cop previously reported, Malik canceled what was to be his debut solo performance on “The Graham Norton Show” earlier this year, with it being said he was concentrating on finishing his record. Malik more recently postponed a taping of a “Voice” performance at the last minute about a month ago, at which time his rep exclusively told us he was sick. He then filmed the performance the following day, and it aired on the show’s finale that night. He also participated in the KIIS-FM Wango Tango festival without incident that same week.
One Direction performed at the Capital FM Summertime Ball without Malik last year. When he quit the group a few months prior, it was said he wanted to focus on his well-being. Check out the new statement below. A rep for Malik declined to give any additional comment.