Zayn Malik, former One Directioner turned solo singer and current boyfriend of the less-sedated-looking Hadid sister, was supposed to perform at Wembley Stadium in London on Saturday as part of Capital FM’s Summertime Ball. The lineup of which also included Ariana Grande and Tinie Tempah. Sadly, all the fans wearing homemade “I’m inZAYN for you!” t-shirts never got to see him slink sexily on stage (he looks like a sexy slinker). The Guardian says that shortly before he was scheduled to go on, Zayn announced that his performance wasn’t happening, and that it was all an anxiety attack’s fault.
Zayn tweeted that he had been dealing with anxiety for a while now, and it sounds like live performances are kind of a trigger for him.
— zayn (@zaynmalik) June 11, 2016
Back in February, Zayn appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and he looked nervous and awkward. At the time, I just figured it was due to being nervous that Jimmy Fallon was going to ambush him after his performance and challenge him to a karaoke rap battle or something. But looking back, maybe it was anxiety? Maybe.
I’m guessing Gigi Hadid couldn’t be there to give him a hug in person, you know, since there weren’t any pap pictures or Instagram posts of them bringing the cheese. But she did tweet this:
— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) June 12, 2016
I do feel a little bad for people in the audience who really wanted to see Zayn. The only thing worse than hearing “Zayn Malik will not be performing this evening” is hearing it followed by the words “…which means Ariana Grande’s set will be extended by 45 minutes.”
Here’s Zayn at an event on Friday, one day before he called it quits on the Summertime Ball.