Zayn Malik Says an Alien Told Him to Quit One Direction

Zayn Malik on June 9, 2016 in New York City. Credit: Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic

Wait, what? Zayn Malik’s decision to leave the uber popular band that kickstarted his career, One Direction, was apparently sparked by an extraterrestrial being.

When Glamour magazine asked him in a new interview about the first time he realized he wanted to embark on a solo career, the 23-year-old “BoRdErZ” singer said: “An alien spoke to me in a dream.”

As previously reported by Us Weekly, the singer announced in March 2015 that he was leaving the group — and bandmates Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson — after five years. “I’d like to apologize to the fans if I've let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right in my heart,” he explained at the time. “I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight."

But he didn’t stay out of the spotlight for long. The musician released his first solo album, Mind of Mine, in March 2016, and it debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

Unfortunately, Malik didn’t expand on his alien dream during the interview, but he did reveal a series of other “firsts.”

The former boy-bander dished that his first celebrity crush was twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. “They’re the same, right?” he quipped to Glamour of the famous actresses turned fashion designers. (Malik is now dating model Gigi Hadid.)

The first person he calls in the morning is his “mum,” and his first tattoo was in honor of his grandpa Walter. As for his musical inspiration, Malik loves Michael Jackson and Bob Marley.

On his bucket list? Malik wants “to invent something,” and his biggest failure to date was “wearing pastel colors."

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