Singer Zayn Malik has reacted angrily to a question about substance abuse that was fired at his fellow band members on live TV in the US by Today Show host Matt Lauer.

The 21-year-old One Direction star, who did not travel with the group to The States due to illness, is apparently hopping-mad after Lauer raised unsubstantiated online rumours during an interview that was seen by millions of viewers.

Lauer asked Zayn’s bandmates: “There have been rumours of substance abuse, what’s going on?”

Zayne reacted last by telling The Sun newspaper in the UK: “I’m really angry and upset at what was said on The Today Show. I was really ill at the weekend, that’s why I couldn’t fly to America.

“As soon as I am better I am going to join the guys and carry on with the promotion for the album.”

When Lauer raised the issue on air in Florida front of Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan, the band were visibly furious.

Niall shook his head and Liam said: “No, he’s just got a stomach bug, he’s OK. He’s just at home and needs to rest.”

It is not the fist time the star has been at the centre of a drugs row. In May, the band called in lawyers after a video emerged online of Zayn allegedly being passed what appeared to be a joint in the back of a tour van in Peru.

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You can read more about the Zayn story at the Mail Online.

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