Lauer questions Malik’s no-show for an appearance by One Direction on the Today show to promote the band’s new album Four. Lauer says there are rumors that Malik suffers from substance abuse. Lauer:
There’s obviously a lot of concern, a lot of fans have been tweeting overnight. There’s been a lot of action on social media about him. Is it something more serious than just a minor illness? There have been rumors of substance abuse. What’s going on?
No, he’s just got a stomach bug. He’s okay. He’s just at home. He just needs to rest. He’s okay.