Zayn Malik 'On The Brink' Of Quitting One Direction?

Sources claim Zayn's recent cheating scandal has left him in a 'fragile' state...

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Take a deep breath One Directioners, as we have a feeling this latest piece of Zayn Malik news is going to upset you EVEN more than the Courtney Webb cheating scandal. Sources have claimed that the "fragile" Little Mix lover is planning to leave the band. For good.

According to band insiders at Celebuzz, One Direction star Zayn Malik is on the brink of walking away from the band.

Supposedly Zayn was “rocked to his core” when ex Australian stripper Courtney Webb went public with claims he'd seduced and sexed her behind the back of his girlfriend, Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards.

Add that to the fact that Zayn was already finding it difficult coping with fame and you end up with a man "on the brink". Apparently.

"Zayn is on the brink at the moment... He has been quite low at several points when being away for key family celebrations. But his pals have cheered him up. People forget he is the shyest member."

Zayn Malik has supposedly been finding the pressures of fame for some time now - could he be preparing to leave One Direction? (

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“Naturally, he likes the adoration and his day job, but he is battling to cope with the pressure which comes with it.”

“Every step 1D makes is scrutinized and judged by the public and media. Their reputation as role models to teens is also weighing heavy on his shoulders as it is not natural for him to be bright, bubbly and smiley twenty-four seven."

The insider goes on to explain that members of Zayn Malik’s family are now encouraging him to step away from the spotlight and leave the band all together.

“Some feel he is in a fragile state... There are certain members of his family who have told him if he is unhappy with the money made so far he could walk away.”

“When something like that happens it rocks the mind of such a young star. Zayn just seemed lost for several days. But with the authority of Simon, he was given time off from band commitments and rehearsals to explain his situation to Perrie."

“No one in the management wants Zayn to leave or even consider quitting, with days to go before their biggest tour ever. He is a lovely, caring and funny chap — but there is no doubt fame has changed his outlook.”

One Direction's rep have told EntertainmentWise that the reports of Zayn quitting are "completely untrue, Zayn isn't quitting the band."

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The One Direction boys hide from photographers, Jan 28 (Photos: Splash News)