Zayn Malik has been praised by mental health experts for speaking out about suffering from stress, as he pulled out of the One Direction world tour – much to the devastation of his fans. The singer cited “stress” as the reason for the exit, despite it happening amid cheating claims. A spokesperson for the band said: “Zayn has been signed off with stress and is flying back to the UK to recuperate. The band wish him well and will continue with their performances in Manila and Jakarta.” Now, as the star lands back in London, he has been praised by experts in mental illness for admitting the reason behind his departure.
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“When you are a high profile celeb in the public eye, the stresses and strains are likely to be enormous,” Dr Sandi Mann, senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Central Lancashire, told
The Independent. “Many ‘ordinary’ people think that it must be easy street at the top, but there are different pressures; living in a goldfish bowl where your every action, word, tweet and nose-scratch is observed, commented on and shared must present an enormous strain. “It is also harder to admit you are not coping – it is hard for anyone to admit that, but when you are such a public figure, you know that the intense interest that such an admission will generate will be massive.”
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She hopes Zayn’s admission will help[ raise awareness of stress and other mental illnesses. “We all experience stress at some point in our lives but there are some professionals which are more pressured,” Dr Georgina M. Hosang, an expert in life stress and depression at Goldsmiths University, added to the newspaper. “Being a celebrity, particularly a music artist, is a demanding career path which often requires long days, high productivity and media scrutiny. Lack of sleep and being subjective to public criticism is likely to impact on one’s mood and self-esteem.”