This, of course, comes on the heels of rumors that Zayn was cheating on Perrie Edwards, so the timing is pretty interesting. In fact, many are saying that leaving the tour is damage control so that Zayn can dodge the spotlight and let the rumors simmer down.
The statement explained: "Zayn has 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."
Zayn explained the pics that seemed to pin him as a cheater, taking to Twitter yesterday to write:"I'm 22 years old... I love a girl named Perrie Edwards. And there's a lot of jealous f***s in this world I'm sorry for what it looks like x." Stress indeed.
A source told The Sun (via Daily Mail): "Zayn finds it tougher than the rest of his band-mates dealing with fame. Having his every movement scrutinized causes great anxiety and the pictures which surfaced with the fan yesterday was the final straw. He did nothing wrong but the amount of criticism he received was simply too much. He needs to get away. The band's management accept he needs some time off so he's been sent home with their blessing."
Of course, fans are devastated, especially those who paid to see 5/5 of One Direction and not 4/5!