Zayn Malik Leaves One Direction Tour Due To 'Stress'

03/19/2015 02:02 pm ET | Updated Mar 20, 2015

Directioners, brace yourselves. Zayn Malik is taking time off from the One Direction tour. "Zayn has been signed off with stress and is flying back to the UK to recuperate," the band's publicist, Simon Jones, said in a statement. "The band wish him well and will continue with their performances in Manila and Jakarta."

Sure, maybe. But critics are quick to point out that Malik's stress may have come from a photograph that surfaced on Wednesday showing the 22-year-old holding hands with a woman other than his fiancée, Little Mix's Perrie Edwards. Malik's response:

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