Saturday 16 December 2017

Horror as 1D fans urged to self-harm over Zayn's departure from band

Zayn Malik
Zayn Malik

Campaigners have reacted with horror after it emerged some One Direction fans were urging others to self-harm in reaction to the news Zayn Malik has quit the chart-topping boyband.

The singer shocked fans when he left the world's biggest band saying he wanted the chance to be "a normal 22-year-old".

Shortly after pictures emerged on social media from fans who appeared to have harmed themselves and were asking others to do so.

A spokesman for Barnardo's said: "We are horrified at the overnight trending of self-harm tweets after Zayn Malik quit One Direction with teenagers posting pictures of their self-inflicted injuries and encouraging others to follow suit.

"Self-harming sites and social media chat on self-harm are a disturbing aspect of culture which must be addressed and handled sensitively by all those caring for children.

"Children need a safe place to be able to discuss anything which distresses them and have guidance on how to deal with difficult feelings.

"Carers, teachers and others and any young person who might be thinking about self-harm are urged to visit the Young Minds website."

A spokeswoman for Young Minds said: "Zayn is an important role model to other young people, as he is prioritising his wellbeing over fame and taking time out to look after himself.

"Young people who feel affected by this news should reach out to other young people and to trusted adults and talk to them about how they feel."


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