One Direction Plays 'Today' Show Without Zayn Malik; Matt Lauer Asks if Substance Abuse is to Blame for Absence

November 17, 2014 8:24 PM

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One Direction hit the Today show this morning (Nov. 17) to promote their new album, Four -- but unfortunately they performed with a man down. Zayn Malik was absent, and not for the first time: He was also missing in the videos the band made to accept their recent awards from the MTV EMAs.

According to Liam Payne, Malik was having stomach issues. "He's got a tummy bug so he’s not very well," Payne explained. "We only found out this morning, so we're really sad, he is as well, that he can't be here for our album release."

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