The Kasabian frontman was obsessed with the film `E.T. - The Extra Terrestrial` when he was growing up and was convinced he would befriend a creature from outer space.
He said: "I genuinely wanted an alien to be my best friend. When I was five I used to wait in the garden with a potted plant and sit in the long grass for hours. Loads of times I imagined I saw a spaceship. I had quite an incredible childhood."
Even now, Tom, 30, says he likes to escape reality because he isn`t a fan of the real world.
He told Q magazine: "I try not to live in the real world. My heart`s not in the real world but my head is, if that makes sense. I just find it boring. All my family, my missus and my friends, they know what I`m like and I can escape with them but, yeah, I`ve just got a knack of switching off. But reality does hit me sometimes."