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One Direction star Zayn Malik slams drug suggestion

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Furious: Zayn Malik

Furious: Zayn Malik

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Furious: Zayn Malik

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.

Belfast Telegraph