Zayn Malik cancels Summertime Ball set: 'I have suffered the worst anxiety of my career'

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Zayn Malik cancels concert due to 'worst anxiety of my career'

Zayn Malik was scheduled to appear at Summertime Ball 2016 in London on Saturday night (June 11) but called off his set due to anxiety. The "Pillowtalk" singer opened up to fans – and issued an apology to those who were waiting to see him perform live Wembley Stadium -- with a candid note posted on his Twitter account.

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"To all those people who have been waiting to see me perform at the Capital Summertime Ball today," he began, "I flew into the UK last night to appear in my home country in front of my family, friends, and most importantly my UK fans. Unfortunately my anxiety that has haunted me throughout the last few months around live performances has gotten the better of me ... with the magnitude of the event, I have suffered the worst anxiety of my career."

"I cannot apologise enough but I want to be honest with everyone who has patiently waited to see me, I promise I will do my best to make this up to everybody I've let down today. I know those who suffer anxiety will understand and I hope those who don't can empathise with my situation," wrote Malik, who announced his departure from One Direction in 2015 (explaining that he wanted to be "able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight") and has since released a solo album, Mind of Mine.

A rep for Malik offered no comment when asked by Billboard about plans for rescheduling a concert.

Fellow Brit Ellie Goulding showed support for Malik with a retweet of his letter. "Anxiety is real... I know the feeling," she wrote in response to the note.

Other artists, from the White Stripes to George Michael, have cited anxiety as a reason for canceling concerts in the past. The White Stripes cut their 2007 tour short when Meg White was suffering from "acute anxiety," while Michael called off a string of Australian dates in 2012 due to "major anxiety" experienced following a serious battle with pneumonia.

New Kids on the Block's Jonathan Knight has also spoken candidly about having anxiety and panic attacks in his days with the group in the '90s. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, he was quoted as saying, "The whole New Kids thing was crazy. The more it grew, the more I just felt like I was trapped. I just always had this feeling inside me of always being nervous and afraid of situations."

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Zayn Malik attends the world premiere of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows at Odeon Leicester Square on November 11, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
Bbc Radio 1 Teen Awards, Wembley Arena, London, Britain - 09 Oct 2011, One Direction - Zayn Malik (Photo by Brian Rasic/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 12: Zayn Malik of One Direction launch their new Nokia handsets at The Carphone Warehouse on October 12, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Jon Furniss/WireImage)
DUISBURG, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 30: Zayn Malik of One Direction takes photos with fans The Dome 60 on November 30, 2011 in Duisburg, Germany. (Photo by Mathis Wienand/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 22: Zayn Malik of One Direction performs at HMV Hammersmith Apollo on January 22, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Joseph Okpako/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 21: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED) Zayn Malik arrives at the BRIT Awards 2012 at O2 Arena on February 21, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 12: Zayn Malik of the band One Direction performs on NBC's 'Today' show at Rockefeller Plaza on March 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 16: Singers Niall Horan, Zayn Malik of One Direction pose for photos at theSiriusXM Studio on March 16, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
SOMERDALE, NJ - MARCH 17: Zayn Malik and Zayn Malik of the group One Direction attends a CD signing for 'Up All Night' at Walmart on March 17, 2012 in Somerdale, New Jersey. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
Zayn Malik of One Direction performs at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (Robert Duyos/Sun Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)
Bbc Radio 1'S Teen Awards, Wembley Arena, London, Britain - 07 Oct 2012, One Direction - Zayn Malik (Photo by Brian Rasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 13: Zayn Malik of One Direction performs on NBC's 'Today' at Rockefeller Plaza on November 13, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 07: Zayn Malik of the group One Direction performs onstage during Z100's Jingle Ball 2012 presented by Aeropostale at Madison Square Garden on December 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Killian/WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 11: Singer Zayn Malik of One Direction attends the Teen Choice Awards 2013 at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 11, 2013 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Zayn Malik attends a press conference for 'One Direction This Is Us' at Big Sky Studios on August 19, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Sony Pictures)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 20: Zayn Malik attends the world premiere of 'One Direction - This Is Us' at The Empire Leicester Square on August 20, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 23: Zayn Malik of One Direction performs on NBC's 'Today' at Rockefeller Center on August 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
BURBANK, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Musician Zayn Malik performs onstage at the 'One Direction iHeartRadio Album Release Party' hosted by Ryan Seacrest at the iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles  Clear Channel's new music and events venue located at The Burbank Studios in Burbank, CA (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Singer Zayn Malik of the band One Direction performs onstage during rehearsals for the 2013 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/AMA2013/Getty Images for DCP)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24: Singer Zayn Malik of One Direction performs onstage during the 2013 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 24, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/AMA2013/Getty Images for DCP)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 26: Zayn Malik of One Direction performs on ABC's 'Good Morning America' at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park on November 26, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 20: Singer Zayn Malik of One Direction poses in the press room during the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 20, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Singer Zayn Malik of One Direction attends the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Zayn Malik attends The Asian Awards 2015 at The Grosvenor House Hotel on April 17, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 25: Singer Zayn Malik attends the Louis Vuitton Menswear Spring/Summer 2016 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on June 25, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 10: Zayn Malik attends the premiere of 'Straight Outta Compton' at Microsoft Theater on August 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 05: Singer Zayn Malik is seen walking in Soho on January 5, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 14: Zayn Malik arrives at the 2016 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Irving Azoff held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 14, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - MARCH 24: Zayn Malik seen leaving the Soho House in Meatpacking District on March 24, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
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