Zayn Malik to miss One Direction American tour dates as he rushes home following death of his aunt
Zayn Malik has been forced to pull out of One Direction's North American tour following the death of his aunt.
The 19-year-old singer rushed back to the UK yesterday to make it to her funeral.
The teen heartthrob will miss several dates on the tour, where the boy band are supporting US group Big Time Rush.
In mourning: Zayn Malik has pulled out of One Direction's North American tour following the death of a family member
Harry Styles announced the news on Twitter last night. He tweeted: 'Zayn has suffered a loss in his family & has had to go home for a few days so won't be at our next shows in the US.
'Our thoughts are with him and his family at this sad time.'
Bandmate Niall Horan is believed to be taking over Zayn's singing parts during his absence.
Condolences: Bandmate Harry Styles announced the news over Twitter
Hitting the big time: The band are currently supporting US group Big Time Rush
In true One Direction fans style, #StayStrongZayn quickly became a trending topic on Twitter.
Although he didn't reference the death directly on his Twitter page, Zayn did retweet a message from a fan which read: “God has no Phone, but I talk to him. He has no Facebook, but he is still my friend. He does not have a twitter, but I still follow him. (sic)'
The remainder of the band will continue with dates over the next week, stopping in Mashantucket, Fairfax, Boston, Houston and Durham.
A spokesperson for One Direction confirmed the news to Mail Online and asked that the family's privacy be respected at this time.