Lauer One Direction Booed : Matt asks One Direction about rumored drug abuse, fans flip out

Updated: November 18, 2014
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Lauer booed by One Direction fans after asking about Zayn’s rumored drug.

Zayn Malik wasn’t able to attend One Direction’s very special performance at Universal Resort, Orlando today, due to reported sickness, but it seems one star didn’t want to believe the official line.

The Today Show host pointed out the obvious when the band appeared on the morning show obviously minus the 21-year-old.

When Lauer asked where Malik was, Liam Payne responded “He’s got a tummy bug so he’s not very well.”

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. ..It’s still going to be a great day, I’m sure,” Payne explained.

But Lauer wasn’t satisfied by the answer, pressing forward about rumors that Malik may be battling substance abuse issues or other more serious problems. To which he was greeted with a loud round of boos from the 15,000 strong 1D fans.

A cutaway of band mates Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan showed how uncomfortable they were with the subject.

Payne went on to explain that Zayn was simply at home with a stomach bug. He said he was unsure when Malik would return to promotional duties with the band for their new album Four, saying “we’re just waiting for a phone call.”