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One Direction: Zayn Malik Absent From ‘Today’ Show — Is He OK?

Mon, November 17, 2014 9:31am EDT by 15 Comments

Oh no! Zayn Malik missed One Direction’s ‘Today’ show performance live from Orlando, FL on Nov. 17 — the day of the release of their new album, ‘Four.’ So, why didn’t he make the trip?

Fans completely freaked out when One Direction flew to Orlando for a sexy Today show performance with only four members — Zayn Malik was missing! Luckily, Matt Lauer didn’t waste any time finding out where the 21-year-old singer was. Watch the guys’ answer right here!

One Direction: Zayn Malik Sick

“He’s got a tummy bug, so he’s not very well at the moment,” Liam Payne said. “So he couldn’t make it over, but we only found out this morning. We’re really sad and he is as well, that he can’t be hear for our album release.”

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However, Matt asked a question, specifically for the fans. Twitter has been blowing up with questions about Zayn and if he’s really sick of if it’s something else that the band is hiding.

“There have been rumors of substance abuse,” Matt said, which was quickly shot down.

Matt Lauer Asks If Zayn Has Substance Abuse Problems

“No, he’s just got a stomach bug. He’s ok, he’s just at home — he’s got to rest,” Liam added. While they didn’t add when exactly he’d be back, they all seemed optimistic. “We’re just waiting for a phone call from him!”

The band didn’t even introduce themselves as One Direction, saying they aren’t them without Zayn! So cute. We totally agree — we want all the guys! It’s a huge day for the band, who drop their new album, Four,  on Nov. 17!

One Direction’s rep told, “He’s all good. Official comment is what Liam said on the show.” We’re so happy to hear that — now it’s time to go buy Four!

— Emily Longeretta

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