Former One Direction star, Zayn Malik, opens up about his problems with anxiety and why it caused him to leave the band. He was diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), as a kid, and later suffered from an eating disorder from the stress of being in the band.
E! Online reports Malik could never focus as a kid, which caused him to get in trouble a lot. In high school, he got caught waving a BB gun in the air, which led to him getting tested for the ADHD.
The anxiety he felt while on tour with One Direction caused him to go several days without eating. “When I look back at images of myself from around November 2014, before the final tour, I can see how ill I was,” he said. This was something he had not even noticed was a problem until he left the band.
“I was spiraling down into a very unhappy, very unhealthy place. I needed to reconnect with my family and feel some normality again,” Malik said. In the end, it was his mom who convinced him to leave the band to do something that made him happy.