Zayn Malik: I’m “Really Angry” At Matt Lauer For Drug Abuse Comments

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By Daniel Gates

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Zayn Malik is furious with Matt Lauer after the “Today Show” host suggested that “substance abuse” could be the reason Malik was unable to join the rest of One Direction for a performance on Monday’s show.

As Gossip Cop reported, during an interview on Monday’s “Today Show,” Lauer asked Malik’s bandmates whether something “more serious than just a minor illness” had prevented the singer from being on the show. He observed, “There have been rumors of substance abuse. What’s going on?”

Liam Payne explained that Malik just had a “stomach bug” but was “okay” and just needed rest. One Direction seemed a bit taken aback by Lauer’s line of questioning, and their fans called out the host online for fueling the drug speculation about Malik.

Malik himself has now responded, in quotes that first appeared in The Sun and have been verified by Gossip Cop. The singer says, “I’m really angry and upset by what was said on The Today Show. I was really ill at the weekend, that’s why I couldn’t fly to America.”

“I was gutted to have to miss album release day, but I’m going to be back as soon as I can,” continued Malik. “As soon as I’m feeling better I’m going to join the guys and carry on with the promotion for the album.” Do you think Lauer’s question was unfair and wrong?

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