On Monday November 17th from Universal Orlando Resort, One Direction sat down with Matt Lauer before performing “Steal My Girl”, “Best Song Ever”, “What Makes You Beautiful” and “Little Things” live on the “Today” show.
Matt asked where Zayn Malik was since he was not there and had not made the flight over with them from London.
Here’s what Liam Payne told Matt,
Yah, he’s got a tummy bug, so he’s not very well at the moment, so he couldn’t make it and we only found out this morning and so we were very sad and he is as well that he can’t be here for our album release day, but it’s still going to be a really great day, I’m sure.
Matt went on to upset some fans when he continued the questions regarding Zayn’s absence, Matt asked,
There’s ovviously a lot of concern, a lot of fans have been tweeting overnight. is it something more serious? There have been rumors of substance abuse. What’s gong on?
One Direction said,
No, he’s just got a stomach bug. He’s okay. He’s just at home. He just needs to rest.
A representative for 1D told MailOnline,
Zayn was taken ill after recording the Bank Aid single at the weekend and was unfortunately not well enough to fly to the USA yesterday. He will join the band for promotion for the new album as soon as he possibly can.
The group will be in the United States promoting “Four,” their fourth album which was released today, November 17. We wish Zayn a speedy recovery and hope he can join up with the rest of the group soon!
Check out the concert the guys performed for the “Today” Show below!