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Zayn Malik cancels Dubai show due to “extreme anxiety”

By | Published on Wednesday 7 September 2016

Zayn Malik

Zayn Malik has cancelled an upcoming performance in Dubai, citing his ongoing “extreme anxiety around major live solo performances”.

As previously reported, Malik cancelled an appearance at this year’s Capital Summertime Ball, saying that “anxiety that has haunted me throughout the last few months around live performances has gotten the better of me”.

In a statement about the Dubai show yesterday, he said: “I have been working over the last three months to overcome my extreme anxiety around major live solo performances. I feel I am making progress but I have today acknowledged that I do not feel sufficiently confident to move forward with the planned show in Dubai in October”.

Thomas Ovesen, CEO of promoter 117Live, added: “Whilst disappointed not to be hosting the planned 7 Oct Dubai concert, we appreciate Zayn’s honest apologies and wish him all the best for the future. We will be looking forward to sharing more of Zayn’s plans with his Middle East fans when we have such information”.

All tickets for the show, which had been due to take place at the Autism Rocks Arena, will be refunded.

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