Zayn Malik claims an alien told him to quit One Direction.

Zayn Malik says ET told him to quit One Direction.

The 23-year-old singer/songwriter – who left the chart-topping group in March last year – revealed that an alien had visited him in a dream, and this made him realise that he needed to leave the boy band.

His decision wasn’t met well by band mates Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Harry Styles, and fans also slammed him for leaving the band in the lurch.

Speaking to Glamour magazine about his revelation to quit the group, the Pillow Talk hitmaker said: “An alien spoke to me in a dream.”

He also revealed that Michael Jackson was the reason why he became a singer.

Asked about his musical inspiration, he said: “No question: Thriller by Michael Jackson.”