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Zayn Malik of One Direction 'Angry' at Lauer's Drug Abuse Insinuation

By    |   Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 08:29 AM

Zayn Malik is not too happy with Matt Lauer after the "Today" show host insinuated that the One Direction star was absent from the band's NBC appearance this week because of a substance abuse problem.

One Direction joined Lauer at Universal Orlando Resort Monday for a live performance and the launch of their fourth studio album, but fan favorite Malik was noticeably missing.

"He's got a tummy bug so he's not very well at the moment so he couldn't make it over," band mate Liam Payne told Lauer. "We only found out this morning so we're really sad, he is as well, that he can’t be here for our album release . . . It's still going to be a great day, I'm sure."

But Lauer pushed the British boy band, questioning them about online rumors of drug use.

"There's obviously a lot of concern, a lot of fans have been tweeting overnight," he said. "There's been a lot of action on social media about him. Is it something more serious than just a minor illness? There have been rumors of substance abuse. What's going on?"

But Payne did not waver.

"No, he's just got a stomach bug, he's OK," he insisted. "He's just at home, he needs to rest, he's OK."

Malik later told The Sun that he was "angry and upset" by Lauer's questions.

"I was really ill at the weekend, that's why I couldn't fly to America," he said. "I was gutted to have to miss album release day, but I’m going to be back as soon as I can. As soon as I'm feeling better I'm going to join the guys and carry on with the promotion for the album."

Malik's representative told the Mirror Online that the singer will be flying to America as soon as he's feeling better.

"Zayn was taken ill after recording the 'Band 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."

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