Zayn Malik says honesty has been the key to combating his anxiety.

The former One Direction star, who has been candid about his anxiety disorder and how it has impacted his career, believes being open about his troubles and having a settled routine have helped him to make progress.

Asked about how he has been dealing with the problem, Zayn told Us Weekly magazine: “Just being straight up. Just being honest about everything, explaining what it is that makes you feel uncomfortable, what it is that you’re cool with.

“And making sure that all of that is in order and everyone’s got a clear understanding of what that is.”

Meanwhile the 24-year-old, who has previously cancelled a number of scheduled appearances due to his anxiety, recently promised to tour his second album as he finally thinks the time is right to go on the road.

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