06/09/2016 15:16 BST

Zayn Malik Cancels Solo Dubai Concert Due To 'Severe' Anxiety Battle

'I'm making progress but I do not feel confident enough to move forward with the show.'

Zayn Malik has pulled out of an upcoming solo performance in Dubai, citing his “extreme anxiety” as the reason for his cancellation.

The chart-topping singer had been due to play a concert at the Autism Row Arena next month, but the venue has now announced that this will no longer be taking place, with disappointed fans being refunded for their tickets.

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Zayn Malik

They also published a statement from Zayn on their website, in which he explains: “I have been working over the last three months to overcome my extreme anxiety around major live solo performances.

“I feel I am making progress but I have today acknowledged that I do not feel sufficiently confident to move forward with the planned show in Dubai in October.

“I am truly sorry to disappoint you. I hope to see you all soon. Thank you to my fans who support me globally.”

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Zayn has performed only a handful of times since leaving One Direction last year

A quote from the venue’s spokesperson adds: “Whilst disappointed not to be hosting the planned Oct 7th. 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!”

A similar incident occurred back in June, when Zayn pulled out of an appearance at the Capital Radio Summertime Ball at the eleventh hour, again blaming his anxiety.

He said at the time: “With the magnitude of the event, I have suffered the worst anxiety of my career.”

Zayn received praise at the time for promoting speaking openly about his mental health, including from girlfriend Gigi Hadid.

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