Zayn Malik has cancelled an up-coming appearance at a concert in Dubai because of his “extreme anxiety” about performing on his own.
The singer, who quit One Direction last year, at Dubai’s Autism Rocks Arena on 7 October but has pulled out.
In a post on their website, organisers 117 Live said ticket holders would be refunded.
They posted a message from Malik which thanked his fans and said he was “truly sorry to disappoint (them)”.
He said: “I have been working over the last three months to overcome my extreme anxiety around major live solo performances.
“I feel I am making progress but I have today acknowledged that I do not feel sufficiently confident to move forward with the planned show in Dubai in October.”
Thomas Ovesen, chief executive of 117 Live, said: “Whilst disappointed not to be hosting the planned 7 October Dubai concert, we appreciate Zayn’s honest apologies and wish him all the best for the future.
“We will be looking forward to sharing more of Zayn’s plans with his Middle East fans when we have such information.”
This isn’t the first time Zayn has pulled out of performing live since leaving the band.
Malik also blamed his anxiety for pulling out of the Capital Summertime Ball in London in June.
Malik quit One Direction in March last year, saying at the time that he wanted to feel “like a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight”.
He had been signed off for stress during the band’s world tour, and then later quit.