By Robyn Collins

It seemed like he was taking a major risk when Zayn Malik changed direction and left the world-famous band, One Direction. Sure, it paid off big time, but what inspired him to make such a rash decision in the first place?

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“An alien spoke to me in a dream,” he said in an interview with Glamour.  He may or may not have been joking.

In the interview, Malik also reveals that Shaggy’s “It Wasn’t Me” is the first song he puts on to get in a great mood, his mom is the first person he calls in the morning and the first movie that made him cry was My Girl.

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