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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 top world popularity chart

Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik's One Direction have topped another chart - a top 10 of the most popular acts in the world.

Zayn (second left) and Louis (far right) with their bandmates Credit: Press Association

The band were named the Global Recording Artists of 2013 by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), which represents the music business around the world.

The award measures success in downloading, streaming and physical sales of singles and albums.


Stars shine in Royal spectacular

Char-topping boy band One Direction were among the stars performing at London's Royal Albert Hall for the 100th anniversary of The Royal Variety Performance.

The former X Factor finalists , which include Louis Tomlinson from Doncaster and Zayn Malik from Bradford in their line-up, sung a heartfelt-rendition of their number one single Little Things, prompting show host David Walliams to dress up as an obsessed female fan.

The star-studded spectacular, which also included Katherine Jenkins, Girls Aloud, Robbie Williams and Alicia Keys, is due to be broadcast on ITV1 on December 3.


Zayn's Mum - 'I Still Do His Washing'

Zayn Malik's mum talks to Calendar about her son's rise to super-stardom in America. One Direction have made music history by becoming the first British band to go straight to number one in the US billboard chart with their first release Up All Night.

Along with Zayn from Bradford the band includes Louis Tomlison from Doncaster, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Harry Styles. The group was formed by The X Factor and as ITV's Nina Nannar explains with Simon Cowell's support they've even out-done The Beatles.