‘Pillow Talk’ may have topped the charts, but Zayn Malik has been all sorts of mute ever since.
The former One Direction member looked to have the music world at his feet upon the release of his #1 debut. However, his promising prospects look to be crumbling under the pressure of performing live.
For much of the year, the 23-year-old has been absent from stage – after cancelling a number of dates due to anxiety.
The latest episode has left fans in Dubai disappointed.
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Malik had been set to play the One Night Only concert on October 7th, but released a statement informing that he wouldn’t be.
His reason? “Extreme anxiety.”
Thomas Ovesen, CEO of event organisers 117Live, told fans:
“Whilst disappointed not to be hosting the planned Oct 7 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 and will now get the ticket refund process started. See you all at our other events at the Autism Rocks Arena.” [Source]
Wonders never cease.
What a time to be alive indeed. For we live in an era where a performer’s biggest hurdle is…performing. It’s seismically shocking.
Sure, anxiety is no joke. And, to some degree, our sympathies are with Zayn.
Yet, why must the music industry adhere to such different rules?
After all, it’s not acceptable for a teacher to not teach. Or a pilot to not fly. So why should an artist be afforded the chance to keep turning in these long sick notes?
Making the whole situation more baffling is the reality that there was no dynamite demand to warrant him debuting before addressing his issues.
It’s like instead of actual artist development, the plan was to simply “pop into the studio…microwave a decent album…and see what happens.”
He has potential and it’d be great to see it realised, but for now things are not looking good.