When Zayn Malik announced that he was leaving One Direction, fans from around the world were shocked. Now we know the real reason has to do with a close encounter with an alien.
When asked about the first time he realized that he wanted to leave One Direction and go solo, Zayn tells Glamour, "An alien spoke to me in a dream." Uh. Okay. He doesn't further explain his belief in extraterrestrials or why an alien would be his career coach. He does however say that he feels like an adult since "just yesterday," so maybe we can chalk it up to youthful weirdness.
One Direction seems to be moving on just fine. The boy band raked in $110 million in 2016 according to Forbes, making them one of the most successful artists in the world.
Malik's debut album Mind of Mine hit the charts running, premiering at #1 atop the Billboard 100, and he's the first U.K. artist to do so in the U.S. That alien may have been on to something...