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One Direction star quits tour over stress

One Direction star Zayn Malik has quit the boyband's world tour after being "signed off with stress" and is coming home to the UK.

Zayn Malik has quit One Direction's tour citing stress Credit: Press Association

It comes after the singer was forced to defend himself online and declare his love for fiancee Perrie Edwards after pictures emerged of him apparently close to another woman.

Zayn has been signed off with stress and is flying back to the UK to recuperate. The band wish him well and will continue with their performances in Manila and Jakarta.

– One Direction spokesman

A picture, which has been widely shared and published online, showed Malik with his arm around the bare stomach of a woman in a cropped top.

They look like they are posing for the picture and are both smiling, appearing to be cheek-to-cheek.

A second photo, taken from behind, shows Malik standing close to the woman and their hands and arms appear to be interlinked.

Louis Tomlinson (left) and Zayn Malik (right) have been warned to behave by Philippines officials Credit: Press Association

Malik, along with bandmate, Louis Tomlinson, have been asked to post bail bonds of thousands of pounds each and the prospect of having their concerts axed after Philippines immigration officials deemed them a risk to the public interest.

One Direction stars warned to behave in the Philippines

One Direction stars Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson have been asked to post bail bonds of thousands of pounds each and the prospect of having their concerts axed after Philippines immigration officials warned them to behave themselves.

Louis Tomlinson (left) and Zayn Malik (right) have been warned to behave by Philippines officials Credit: Press Association

The singers are considered at risk of violating public interest following a video of them which was leaked last year.

Both men featured in a video, widely reported on last year, in which they are shown allegedly smoking cannabis and joking about drug use.

The country's Bureau of Immigration said the pair had been asked to post bonds of more than £3,000 each which will be forfeited if they fall foul of the regulations.

The boyband, who first found fame on The X Factor, are performing in the country as part of their world tour.

The condition is intended to protect the public interest should the band members commit any violation during their stay in the Philippines

– Philippines Immigration spokeswoman

An Immigration bureau spokeswoman said the band will be stopped from performing if they fail to post the bond before the concert.

One Direction are not the first band to run into trouble with officialdom in the Philippines - Almost 50 years ago The Beatles were forced to flee the country pursued by an angry mob after they were seen to have snubbed the country's then-first lady Imelda Marcos.


Sir Tom Jones to perform at Market Rasen Racecourse

Sir Tom Jones will be performing at Market Rasen Racecourse this summer. He will be bringing his huge repertoire of hits from across genres and generations including ‘Kiss’, ‘Delilah’, ‘She’s A Lady’ and ‘It’s Not Unusual’.

I’m really looking forward to appearing at ‘An Evening At The Races’ this summer. I always have a fantastic time performing to the audiences at the Racecourses so it’s my pleasure to be asked to return for another year.

– Sir Tom Jones

'An Evening at the Races' is happening on 15th August.


East Yorkshire Poldark star speaks out about bullying

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Eleanor Tomlinson, the star of BBC series Poldark, has said childhood bullying was like "psychological warfare". Speaking to the Mail on Sunday's You magazine, she said that being a pupil at Beverley High School in East Yorkshire while working on film sets was very difficult.

She said: "I was accused of being too posh because during stints away from home any trace of a Yorkshire accent would fade away.

"The bullying would take the weirdest forms. For example, people would come up to me and shout the name of the project I happened to have been working on and then just walk away.

"It's incredible how horrible girls can be. It was psychological warfare and it was really hard to cope with."

Tomlinson added that her past experiences helped her to play the character Demelza. "I do think that she has a fear of not fitting in, which I can sympathise with."

Leeds to host St Patrick's Day parade

Leeds is to host its annual St Patrick's Day Parade today, turning the city centre into a sea of green, white and gold.

Last year's parade

The convoy will leave Millennium Square at 11am and make its way around the city centre with dancers, music and entertainment.

Former Leeds United manager and Republic of Ireland international David O'Leary will open the parade alongside the city's mayor, representatives from the Irish Embassy and Mrs Ireland 2015.

If you are at the parade, send us your pictures to or to our Facebook page.

Duchess goes behind the scenes of Downton Abbey

The Duchess of Cambridge has met up with cast members of Downton Abbey, including actors from our region who star in the ITV period drama on a behind-the-scenes tour.

The Duchess, apparently a huge fan of the show, visited the Ealing Studios set to celebrate the success of the production, which is now broadcast worldwide in 250 territories. The scheduled hour-long visit stretched to two hours as she toured various parts of the studio to meet the cast and crew.

Among those who described his role was Harrogate actor Jim Carter, who plays the butler Carson.

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