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Zayn Malik quits One Direction tour due to 'stress'

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One Direction’s Zayn Malik has quit the band's world tour due to stress.

The 22-year-old singer pulled out of the tour ahead of dates in Jakarta and Manila.

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Statement from PR Simon Jones about Zayn being 'signed off with stress' from One Direction's world tour

Statement from PR Simon Jones about Zayn being 'signed off with stress' from One Direction's world tour

Statement from PR Simon Jones about Zayn being 'signed off with stress' from One Direction's world tour

A spokesperson for the band revealed that Zayn has been signed off with stress and is returning to the UK to recuperate with his family.

"1D statement: 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," a post from Simon Jones said on Twitter.

The remainder of One Direction - Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Irishman Niall Horan - will play the next three dates without Zayne. It is hoped he will return to play in South Africa on March 28.

Zayn's decision to go home comes less than 24 hours after pictures of him emerged with another girl named Lauren in a nightclub.

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Little Mix's Perrie Edwards has announced her engagement to One Direction's Zayn Malik. She intially sparked speculation of a proposal after sporting this incredible rock at the world premiere of 1D: This Is Us.

Little Mix's Perrie Edwards has announced her engagement to One Direction's Zayn Malik. She intially sparked speculation of a proposal after sporting this incredible rock at the world premiere of 1D: This Is Us.

Zayn Malik and Perrie Edwards enjoying a visit to Disneyland Paris

Zayn Malik and Perrie Edwards enjoying a visit to Disneyland Paris

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Zayn, who is engaged to Little Mix star Perrie Edwards, subsequently took to Twitter to clear up any confusion surrounding the images.

“I'm 22 years old... I love a girl named Perrie Edwards,” Zayn tweeted. “And there's a lot of jealous f**ks in this world I'm sorry for what it looks like x”

Zayn and Lauren are believed to have been out at a nightclub in Phuket, where One Direction were touring, on Tuesday night.

Zayn proposed to 21-year-old Perrie in August 2013 after just over a year of dating.

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The 20-year-old and boyfriend of two years Zayn Malik are set to wed later this year. (Instagram/Perrie Edwards)

The 20-year-old and boyfriend of two years Zayn Malik are set to wed later this year. (Instagram/Perrie Edwards)

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The pair were last pictured together on New Year's Eve, leading many to speculate that all is not well between them.

In December Perrie said she and Zayn have “no idea” about when they will get married.

“We’re just going with the flow, we’re just happy to be engaged and enjoying it,” she told Sugarscape.

“We’ll get there eventually when we’re not too busy to make it perfect.”

In November, Zayn sparked more controversy when he didn't attend a live interview with NBC host Matt Lauer in Orlando, Frlorida.

During the interview, Lauer questioned the boys about Zayn's absence asking them about "rumoured substance abuse" which the four bandmates denied.

Later, Zayn took to Twitter to express his anger about the interview, insisting a stomach bug was to blame for his absence.

Earlier that month,  Zayn was absent from band duties again when he was absent from a video the band made to receive an MTV Europe award.

Zayn hit the headlines last May when a video emerged of himself and bandmate Louis Tomlinson laughing and smoking about marijuana as they smoked a roll-up "joint" in a car during the Latin Amercian leg of their 2014 stadium tour.

One Direction are currently travelling the world on their On The Road Again tour.

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