Zayn Malik is being encouraged to seek therapy and could eventually leave One Direction, according to a new report.
Zayn is struggling with “misery in the limelight” and might quit the group after a tough year, the Daily Star tabloid reported.
“Zayn has been encouraged to seek professional therapy for his problems, while ‘he assesses his future during their New Year break,'” the tabloid says.
If Malik does quit the group, then sources said the other four members–Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, and Niall Horan–have “vowed to carry on as a four-piece.”
“The 1D lads have prepared extensively for concerts and studio recording work should one of them walk out. Management took the unusual step last year to guarantee the band’s ever present place at the top of the charts in case one of the boys go AWOL or is unable to perform,” the tabloid said.
Concerned managers have already put plans into place and aren’t worried about the group carrying on with four members.
“They are putting a brave face on Zayn going missing last week, but in reality behind the scenes everyone knows there is tension,” the source said.
But Gossip Cop says that the story isn’t true.
“This, of course, is coming from the outlet that had to formally apologize to Harry Styles less than a month ago for running a fake ‘sex pic,'” it said. “And, the Daily Star, of course, has claimed on multiple occasions that both Styles and Malik were prepping for a solo career, most recently writing a fabricated story about Malik’s supposed plans to bail in late October.”
A representative for the group said, “As usual, there’s not truth to this story.”