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An insider tells Celebuzz that the singer is considering leaving the group, citing the rough year he's already had. The star is facing allegations that he cheated on girlfriend Perrie Edwards and last week he hurt his hand in a skateboarding incident.
"There is growing concern among the bosses that Zayn is on the brink at the moment," says a source close to the band.
Since their breakout hit "What Makes You Beautiful," things have been full speed ahead for the quintet. The pressure's been immense, and it seems Zayn is dealing with it in his own way. It may potentially get the best of him.
"Even before the cheating scandal, Zayn was steering clear of nights out with his bandmates and sometimes would skip media events," the insider says. "He has been quite low at several points when being away for key family celebrations."
According to the insider, his friends are trying to keep him in good spirits.
"His pals have cheered him up," says the insider. "People forget he is the shyest member. Naturally, he likes the adoration and his day job, but he is battling to cope with the pressure which comes with it."
One Direction has been busy rehearsing for their tour, which kicks off Feb. 23. They'll also be filming a documentary in the process.
"All of the boys to a certain extent feel that things have changed since they became so huge," the insider continues. "They used to have fun together wherever they went, but now the novelty has worn off and the reality of 1D being a round the clock job is sinking in."
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