Los Angeles - Zayn Malik was "ordered" to take a break from the One Direction tour.
The 22-year-old singer left the band's On The Road Again world tour to fly home to the United Kingdom after being signed off for stress but it was reportedly the decision of the "higher-ups".
A source said: "The higher-ups ordered Zayn to take a break because there are concerns for his well-being.
"Zayn's management is livid right now, but they are also very sympathetic to his situation. He is in bad shape, which is the real reason he went home to London."
Those close to the band are fearing it may be the "beginning of the end" for the boy band as Zayn has been "separating himself" from the others - Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson - for "quite some time".
An insider told RadarOnline.com: "A lot of people in their camp fears that this is the beginning of the end for One Direction...
"Zayn has been separating himself for the guys for quite some time now. He loves the guys but doesn't love everything that comes along with the band."
The source also claimed it was the "last straw" for Zayn when speculation spread about his relationship with Little Mix star Perrie Edwards after he was photographed appearing to be holding hands with a fan whilst partying in Phuket, Thailand.
24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.
Brad Pitt has missed the deadline to respond to Angelina Jolie's divorce petition, seeking to avoid sparking an acrimonious legal battle. Read More »
Shailene Woodley has written an essay detailing her arrest for trespassing and what people can do to help protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. Read More »
10 epic pics.
All the deets.
South AfricaCity Press
Johannesburg CBDResourcing Solutions
HousesR 7 200 000
HousesR 1 200 000
HousesR 1 985 000