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‘I lost so much weight I became ill’ Zayn Malik opens up about eating disorder 2/11/2016 Yolanda Zaw

Pic: REX © Provided by Associated News Pic: REX Zayn Malik has opened up about how he suffered from an eating disorder while in One Direction. 

The 23-year-old was under so much stress during his days in the boyband that he developed an unhealthy relationship with food. 

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In his autobiography, the Pillowtalk singer said: ‘Something I’ve never talked about in public before, but which I have come to terms with since leaving the band, is that I was suffering from an eating disorder. 

‘I’d just go for days – sometimes two or three days straight – without eating anything at all. It got quite serious, although at the time I didn’t recognise it for what it was.

Pic: REX © Provided by Associated News Pic: REX ‘I had lost so much weight I had become ill. The workload and the pace of life on the road put together with the pressures and strains of everything going on within the band had badly affected my eating habits.’

Zayn said he lost so much weight at one point people began to ask whether was he abusing drugs. 

Since leaving the band, Zayn has also revealed he suffers from an anxiety disorder which has hindered his solo work. 

Last month he was forced to pull out of a gig in Dubai due to his ongoing anxiety problems.

He was due to perform at the Autism Rocks Arena however he revealed his crippling anxiety has forced him to withdraw from the performance.

He said he is not ‘sufficiently confident’ to do the gig. 

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