Robbie Williams has advised Zayn Malik to be "brave".
The ‘Party Like a Russian’ hitmaker has offered his advice to the former One Direction star after Zayn cancelled a few performances due to his anxiety earlier this year.
Talking to Mike Toolan and Kelly Pegg at Key 103 Christmas Live, Robbie shared: "To young Zayn, well he’s kind of been pulling out of promo and stuff. And I know that he suffers with anxiety.
"And I think that, the one bit of advice, I know it’s a bit therapy speak but I think that people sort of assume that one day you’re gonna find your confidence and you will step into that confidence and it will find you.
"It doesn’t come but what you can be is brave. So, I would say to Zayn, just be brave mate. Just be brave. You might never be confident but you can be brave … Even if you’re scared just do it anyway."
And the 42-year-old star – who has Teddy, four, and Charlton, two, with wife Ayda Field – admits he suffers from nerves himself.
He added: "That’s what makes me nervous. A lot of the time I’m not nervous but when I am it’s debilitating and it’s traumatic. I get on stage and most of the time, Robbie Williams turns up and it’s good and we’re swinging and everything’s great.
"And then sometimes I get up and there’s just tens of thousands of people and I’m there alone, by myself and it’s traumatic and weird. But it doesn’t happen very often. It used to happen an awful lot but it doesn’t happen a lot these days. It still can do and yeah, it’s scary. But most of the time now, I’m not scared at all."