Zayn Malik pulls out of Capital FM Summertime Ball due to anxiety
Zayn Malik has pulled out of a performance at the Capital FM Summertime Ball, citing "anxiety" for his absence.
The former One Direction star posted an apology and full explanation in a message on his official Instagram account on Saturday.
He said: "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."
The 23-year-old added: "I promise I will do my best to make this up to everybody I've let down today."
In a statement, Capital FM confirmed Malik would not be appearing at the event at Wembley.
"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."
The statement ended with Capital FM "wishing him better".
On Twitter, This Morning's Phillip Schofield tweeted his support.
"I have huge respect for Zayn with this," he said.
Malik's decision to pull out of the Summertime Ball follows a number of non-appearances from the Pillow Talk singer.
In January, the Bradford-born star pulled out of The Graham Norton Show due to "scheduling" issues.
A month later, he cancelled a Radio 1 interview with DJ Greg James, a move which was criticised at the time as "rude" by Good Morning Britain's Piers Morgan.
The Capital FM Summertime Ball, which raises money for charity, saw the likes of Little Mix, Ariana Grande and Years & Years take to the stage.
The news that Malik would not be performing was greeted with loud boos from disappointed fans at Wembley Stadium.