The reliable ol' scheduling conflicts excuse.
Zayn was meant to perform in Saitama, Japan next month, but studio sessions for his Mind of Mine followup are supposedly getting in the way of that.
In January, he was slated to take the stage at the Saitama Super Arena, which holds people 36,500 people, but instead he'll perform in June at the Yokohama Arena, which seats 17,000, and again on June 18 at the Osaka-jo Hall in the Kyobashi area of Osaka, Japan on June 19.
"Due to a change in the recording schedule of the new album, Zayn's show at Saitama Super Arena on January 14 has been rescheduled to new dates and venues," a statement reads. "And we have added a new show in Osaka."
It adds: "Due to the venue change, for all those who purchased tickets to the Saitama show, the ticket will be refunded via the official ticket agency that you purchased the ticket from. For the rescheduled date, we will have a special pre-sale period from February 1 to February 9 for those of you who purchased tickets for the January/Saitama show. Further details will be announced later. We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused."
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It's not the first time Zayn has abruptly cancelled a gig. In October, the "I Just Wanna Live Forever" singer pulled out of a show in Dubai due to "extreme anxiety."
"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," he said at the time. "I am truly sorry to disappoint you. I hope to see you all soon."
Bad news: no new Zayn performances in the near future. Good news: his sophomore solo LP is on the way.