Zayn Malik has revealed that he thinks smoking cannabis can help him when it comes to his 'creative process' as a musician.
The 23-year-old Mind of Mine singer sensationally explained that he has been smoking the Class B drug for a 'while', but insists he doesn't want his use of the substance to influence his fans.
Speaking in-depth about his life post-One Direction, Zayn explained why he sometimes smoked cannabis, saying: 'It helps sometimes with the creative process, if you're smoking a good weed.'
In the interview with NME the BeFoUr hit-maker opened up about his use, admitting: 'I've probably been smoking [it] for a while.'
However while he admitted that he sometimes turned to 'good weed' for creative inspiration - presumably while writing music - he was at pains to explain he wasn't publicly endorsing it.
'I don't wanna say when I started because I don't want to influence anyone else,' he stated as the signer hesitantly opened up about his use of the drug. 'That's just something I do myself.'
The revelation will come as little surprise to his fan base, however, as the star has shared candid snaps of himself smoking what appears to be suspicious-looking cigarettes in the past.
In September 2015 he managed to anger some of his fans with his apparent use of the drug, when he shared a brazen photo of himself blowing smoke into the camera of his phone.
In the black and white image, Zayn can be seen sat in a chair, blowing a thick and languid plume of smoke into the air.
However the star has not been one to hide his use of the substance, as in 2014 - while he was touring with One Direction in South America - the singer was caught up in a drugs scandal with former bandmate Louis Tomlinson.
In the footage obtained by MailOnline in May 2014, Louis narrated from behind the camera, laughingly announcing: ‘So here we are, leaving Peru. Joint lit. Happy days!’
The pair then smoked what appeared to be a joint in the back of a moving vehicle.