Zayn Malik was told to quit One Direction by 'an alien'

The 23-year-old singer songwriter - who quit the group in March this year - has revealed a visitation from an extra-terrestrial being in his dream made him realise he needed to leave the boy band, which was made up of Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Harry Styles.

Speaking to Glamour magazine about his revelation to quit the group, he said: "An alien spoke to me in a dream."

And the dark-haired heartthrob has admitted the late 'Thriller' hitmaker Michael Jackson was his greatest musical influence and inspired him to embark on a career in the music industry.

Speaking about his inspiration, he said: "No question: 'Thriller' by Michael Jackson."

However, the 'PillowTalk' soloist has revealed he has an obsession with the late reggae musician Bob Marley, and regularly plays tribute to the 'One Love' hitmaker after his performances.

When asked about the first thing he does when he steps off of the stage, he said: "Pay homage to Bob Marley."

Meanwhile, Zayn - who is currently dating supermodel Gigi Hadid despite splitting earlier this year month after seven months of dating - has admitted the blonde beauty was his biggest support through through his "dark" period which made them closer than ever.

Speaking previously, a source said: "Things are back to normal with them. They got through a rough patch that Zayn was facing personally and it started to put a dark cloud on their relationship. Gigi was there for him when he needed her the most and that brought them closer than ever."

The couple are rumoured to be putting all their energy into mending their romance by spending time together and away from prying eyes.

The source explained: "They have been spending some alone time together lately without the media seeing them. Zayn is feeling better with the help of Gigi and many other close people in his life. It's a work in progress for him."

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