Zayn is livid after ‘Today’ show host Matt Lauer seemed to accuse the One Direction star of missing the band’s live performance on Nov. 17 due to ‘substance abuse.’
Matt Lauer may have thought he was doing his due diligence when he asked the boys of One Direction about Zayn Malik‘s rumored drug abuse on live television but he clearly messed with the wrong fanbase. Now Matt has invoked the wrath not only of Zayn’s millions of fans, but of Zayn himself!
Zayn Malik: Substance Abuse Questions By Matt Lauer Leave 1D Singer ‘Angry & Upset’
Matt grilled Zayn’s bandmates about why he missed their live Today show performance in Orlando, Fla. on Nov. 17, but when Liam Payne, 21, replied that Zayn, 20, simply had a “tummy bug,” the talk show host didn’t seem satisfied.
“There have been rumors of substance abuse,” Matt pressed the guys. “What’s going on?”
Now Zayn is speaking out about “what’s going on,” telling the UK’s The Sun, “I’m really angry and upset by what was said. I was really ill at the weekend, that’s why I couldn’t fly to America.” He adds that he will be joining his fellow 1Ders on their promo tour as soon as he recovers.
One Direction: Zayn Malik Absent From ‘Today’ Show — Is He OK?
As HollywoodLife.com previously reported, Liam was taken aback by Matt’s shocking question but he took it in stride.
“No, he’s just got a stomach bug,” Liam insisted to Matt. “He’s OK, he’s just at home — he’s got to rest.” It’s unclear when Zayn will be back on tour but Liam said, “We’re just waiting for a phone call from him.”
One Direction’s rep also told HollywoodLife.com, “He’s all good. Official comment is what Liam said on the show.”
So HollywoodLifers, do YOU think Zayn has a right to be angry with Matt? Are YOU worried about Zayn? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
— Tierney McAfee