One Direction star Zayn Malik slams drug suggestion
One Direction star Zayn Malik has been angered after a US TV host suggested drug use could have been a factor for the singer's absence on a show.
His four bandmates - in the US to plug new album Four - were asked by presenter Matt Lauer on The Today Show about "rumours of substance abuse".
The remark got a frosty reception from the other members of the group during the live interview.
"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," he told the Sun.
Earlier this year, he was seen in a leaked video smoking what appeared to be a joint while the group travelled in South America.