Rumors have been swirling for months that One Direction's Zayn Malik (who is 20 years old) is indulging in illegal partying and is an unfaithful boyfriend. On Aug. 23, 2013, Radar Online reported that Malik partied with Rihanna (who is 25) and several other people at a pre-MTV Video Music Awards party at the Stage 48 nightclub in New York City in the early-morning hours of Aug. 23, and he was "hung over" during One Direction's live performance on NBC's "Today" show later that morning. In the United States, the minimum legal age to drink alcohol is 21. In the United Kingdom and most other countries in Europe, the minimum legal age to drink alcohol is 18.
According to Radar Online: "After heading out to the party shortly before midnight, Zayn stayed at the bash for several hours, and was not spotted returning to his hotel before the 'Today' show wake-up call around 4:30 am, says the source. Once at the show, Zayn appeared and acted slightly under the weather. Opening the boys’ hit song 'Kiss You' with his solo, Zayn forgot the words, singing 'baby be mine tonight' twice instead of 'baby I’ll take you there.' The first time, band mate Louis Tomlinson stood in the background, laughing in disbelief, and confronted him minutes later. But Zayn repeated the error again later in the song, and it was especially noticeable when he did so just before bandmate Niall Horan sang Baby Be Mine Tonight as a refrain, as he was indeed supposed to do."
Radar Online reported that all of Malik's interviews for the rest of the day were cancelled. He was supposed to do an interview on Radio Disney's "Morgan and Maddy Show" at 10 a.m. EDT, but the show announced that Malik had cancelled because he wasn't feeling well, by tweeting. “Bad news guys. @zaynmalik had to cancel all of his interviews for today. He’s not feeling well. Hopefully he feels better soon.”
While Malik was partying with Rihanna, where was Malik's fiancée, Perrie Edwards of Little Mix? Edwards (who is 20 years old) was back England, where Little Mix is scheduled to perform at two festivals: Liverpool International Music Festival: Turn Up the Radio on Aug. 24 and Sound Waves Festival in South Shields, England, on Aug. 25.
One Direction is having a very busy week in New York City. In addition to performing on "Today" on Aug. 23, 203, the group has been doing numerous interviews to promote the 3-D documentary "One Direction: This Is Us," which opens in the U.S. and Canada on Aug. 30, 2013. One Direction did a press junket for the movie on Aug. 24, and the group set to attend the movie's New York City premiere on Aug. 26. In addition, One Direction is a nominee and presenter at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 25, and is scheduled to perform on NBC's "America's Got Talent" in a prerecorded performance that will be televised on Aug. 28.
As previously reported, Malik and Edwards (who have been dating since April 2012) got engaged on Aug. 18, 2013. Edwards' divorced mother, Debbie Duffy, said in a Real radio interview that it was a traditional proposal, since Malik asked permission from Duffy as well as his own parents before he popped the question to Edwards. A wedding date has not been set yet.
Malik has said very little about the engagement when he is asked about it in interviews. He has been making short statements, such as saying that being engaged is "cool" and that he and Edwards are "very happy." He also tweeted on Aug. 23, 2013: "Never been more happy in my life!," Malik wrote to his followers. "Thank you to everyone that has been so lovely about my engagement to my beautiful fiancé ! Big love z X"
Edwards tweeted: "I've also never felt so happy! :). Thank you everyone for being so kind and supportive! Im a lucky girl! xD I Love you all! Perrie."
One Direction and Little Mix are both former contestant acts on "The X Factor" U.K., and the two groups are both signed to Syco Music (the record company co-owned by Simon Cowell and Sony Music) and Modest! Management. Little Mix and One Direction were formed in the same way: The members of each group originally auditioned for "The X Factor" U.K. as solo singers, but the show rejected them a solo singers and put them into a group.
One Direction came in third place on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2010. Little Mix was the winner of "The X Factor" U.K. in 2011.
Although there have been no reports that Malik cheated on Edwards with Rihanna, the Radar Online story claims that Malik was definitely engaging in illegal underage drinking, since he was allegedly "hung over" during One Direction's "Today" performance.
This isn't the first time that Malik has been accused of bad behavior, including illegal partying and cheating on Edwards.
Malik has been the subject of drug rumors, ever since The Wanted's Max George got into a Twitter argument with him in November 2012, when he told Malik: "Stay off the bud ... It clearly makes u cranky." George's comments sparked debate among One Direction fans about whether or not Malik is a pothead.
Malik has partied with Rihanna and Justin Bieber, two celebrities who have been photographed smoking what is widely believed to be marijuana. (Bieber and Rihanna have never denied that they were smoking pot in those photos, which were widely circulated in the media and on the Internet.)
Fans also wondered if drugs were the cause of Malik's shocking weight loss in 2013. Paparazzi photos from June 2013 showed that Malik lost so much weight within a few months that he became dangerously skinny, with bones protruding from his body.
An unnamed "insider" commented to Us Weekly about Malik: "He's lost a lot of weight. He started to eat healthy a while ago and working out to get in shape as he had never trained before. He wanted some definition. He's always been the slimmest of the band members, naturally, but I think he's running around a lot, getting stressed, and not putting health first."
Malik has not commented on whether or not he uses drugs or why he has lost so much weight in so little time. Fans have speculated that the reasons for Malik's dramatic weight loss could be stress, drugs and/or an eating disorder.
In January 2013, Malik and Edwards went through a sex scandal when an Australian waitress named Courtney "CJ" Webb told The Sun that she had a one-night stand with Malik at his home while Edwards was away on a Little Mix tour. Edwards and Malik have not publicly commented on this infidelity allegation. Whatever problems the scandal caused, the couple overcame these problems since they have been seen looking very happy together.
Months before the cheating incident with Webb allegedly happened, gossip blogger Perez Hilton spread rumors that Malik was cheating on Edwards with other women. However, Hilton did not give any solid proof to back up these allegations. Hilton also quoted unnamed insiders who said that Malik was the "troublemaker" of One Direction and that Mailk is the member of One Direction who is the most likely to quit the group.
In several interviews, the other members of One Direction have described Malik as the one in the group who has the most difficulty coping with fame. Indeed, Malik is the most "reclusive" member of One Direction, and he often skips social gatherings where the other members of the group are hanging out together in their free time.