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One Direction tell US host Matt Lauer: Zayn is sick with a stomach bug... there is no substance abuse

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One Direction have insisted bandmate Zayn Malik was missing from an interview due to a stomach bug, after a well known US host quizzed them on substance abuse.

Niall Horan, from Mullingar in Co Westmeath, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson were quizzed on Zayne's absence by top US host Matt Lauer.

One Direction, Al Roker and Matt Lauer appear on NBC's Today Show to release their new album
One Direction, Al Roker and Matt Lauer appear on NBC's Today Show to release their new album "Four" at Universal City Walk At Universal Orlando on November 17, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)

Lauer, a well-respected host of top US show 'Today', was interviewing the band live for his programme which was beamed across the US.

The interviewer sparked fury among 1D fans when he raised unsubstantiated rumours about drug abuse.

The band strenuously insisted there was no case to answer and Zayn would be re-joining the group after recovering from an illness.

Read more here: 1D's Liam Payne: I was sweating with nerves when we met Kate Middleton

Louis Tomlinson (R), singer with British boy band One Direction, arrives for the recording of the Band Aid 30 charity single in west London November 15, 2014. Singers came together to record a new version of the Band Aid charity song to raise money to combat Ebola in Africa.
Louis Tomlinson (R), singer with British boy band One Direction, arrives for the recording of the Band Aid 30 charity single in west London November 15, 2014. Singers came together to record a new version of the Band Aid charity song to raise money to combat Ebola in Africa.
Liam Payne, singer with British boy band One Direction, arrives for the recording of the Band Aid 30 charity single in west London November 15, 2014. Singers came together to record a new version of the Band Aid charity song to raise money to combat Ebola in Africa.
Singer Niall Horan arrives at a music studio to record his segment of the new Band Aid 30 charity single in London, Saturday, Nov. 15 2014. Musicians including Bono and One Direction are going to record a reworked version of the 1984 charity record, with the proceeds this time helping fight the spread of Ebola.
The Duchess of Cambridge meeting Harry Styles of One Direction as Simon Cowell looks on at the end of the Royal Variety Performance at the Palladium Theatre
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge meets boy band One Direction at The Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meets boy band One Direction at The Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium
One Direction (L-R) Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik and Harry Styles attend The Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium
The Duchess of Cambridge meeting boy band One Direction at the Royal Variety Performance
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In an exclusive interview with the Irish Sun, Zayn said he was really ill over the weekend.

He said he was "gutted" to miss the release day of their fourth album and would be rejoining the band as soon as he got enough rest.

This week sees the band release new album 'Four' - their fourth in three years.

Read more here: One Direction fourth album released today - but are the screams fading for boyband sensation?  

It's understood Zayn fell ill shortly after recording 1D's segment for Band Aid 30, along with Bob Geldof and other stars such as Ellie Goulding, Paloma Faith and Rita Ora on Saturday.

The band were being interviewed live for the 'Today Show' when Lauer asked: "There have been rumours of substance abuse, what's going on?"

Niall was seen to shake his head angrily at the question during the interview, which took place in Orlando.

1D fans then started booing.

Liam then responded: "No, he's just got a stomach bug, he's okay. He's just at home. He just needs to rest. He's okay."

Lauer's question comes six months after Zayn and Louis were at the centre of drugs rumours.

A video of the pair emerged in May smoking what appeared to be a joint while travelling in a car to a 1D concert in Peru.

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