Zayn Malik leaves One Direction tour with stress

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Zayn Malik (File photo via CNN)

LONDON (AP) — One Direction is one man down on its world tour.

The boy band’s publicist says a stressed Zayn Malik is flying home to Britain.

Publicist Simon Jones said Thursday that “Zayn has been signed off with stress and is flying back to the U.K. to recuperate.”

He said the band will continue with upcoming performances in Manila, Philippines and Jakarta, Indonesia as part of the “On the Road Again” tour.

Malik’s departure comes a day after he hit back on Twitter at rumors of trouble in his relationship with fiancee Perrie Edwards of the band Little Mix.

This week, authorities in the Philippines said they were imposing a $5,000 “weed bond” on Malik and fellow band member Louis Tomlinson, with the money to be forfeited if they used illegal drugs.