Plenty of the British boy band's fans were furious when the "Today" show host asked if Zayn Malik's absence was due to "substance abuse," and now Zayn himself is slamming Lauer's insinuation.
"There's been a lot of action on social media about him," Lauer said on-air after Liam Payne said that Zayn had a stomach illness. "Is it something more serious than just a minor illness? There have been rumors of substance abuse. What's going on?"