Michael Jackson's former bodyguard, Alberto Alvarez, has said working with One Direction has helped him get over the King of Pop's death.
The 36-year-old has credited the boyband with helping him to pull him through a "terrible time" after MJ's untimely death in 2009.
"Working for the boys has pulled me through a terrible time," Alberto told People magazine.
Alberto was responsible for calling paramedics after the 'Billie Jean' singer collapsed at his LA mansion - and was intstrumental in providing evidence against doctor Conrad Murray' during his trial for involuntary manslaughter of the singer.
"It really helped me cope with what happened three years ago when Michael died," added Alberto.
"They're a great group of young men and they have great talent," he continued.
"Now every time they are here I work with them. I've been through the mill but I am coming out of the other side."
Alberto was introduced to 1D after he provided security for the boys from their hysterical fans at the MTV VMAs this year in LA.