One Direction’s Zayn Malik has been filmed smoking what appears to be marijuana by his bandmate Louis Tomlinson.
In a video obtained by the Daily Mail, Malik is seen rolling up the apparent joint on the way to a concert in South America.
The video is likely to shock the parents of their many millions of young fans. It could also damage the plans of Simon Cowell to build on their huge American success and grow the band to superstar status – with the two members caught on film now facing the possibility of being barred from entering the U.S., where they are due to tour over the summer.
The video is likely to infuriate Simon Cowell, who has launched One Direction’s hugely successful career in America on his Syco Records label.
One Direction topped the U.S. Box Office last summer with their film ‘This Is Us,’ which followed them on a previous tour.
Asked by journalists why there was no footage of any ‘sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll’ normally associated with pop stars, Louis said: ‘We like to think we’re rock and roll, but we’re not really.’
A spokesman for One Direction is quoted as saying:
‘The matter is now in the hands of our lawyers’.