Spill all the dirt, Simon.
This is Simon Cowell. You should probably know him because he’s pretty legendary.
American Idol, Pop Idol, X-Factor, Syco, Fifth Harmony, One Direction — homeboy has a great record of success there.
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While we’re talking about One Direction, Simon revealed some juicy details about their break to Billboard.
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When Zayn Malik left the band last year, Simon « assigned the contract » to another Sony label, RCA Records instead of Syco.
« Zayn is still signed to our company. But the boys hadn’t bought into the fact that he was leaving, so out of respect for them, it wasn’t the right thing to put him on Syco. What’s good for Zayn is good for us, good for the show and good for the brand.”
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“Whenever I was with [One Direction], we talked about it, and I couldn’t argue with them. They had achieved so much in a short period of time, and I didn’t want them to get jaded. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to trust people more, particularly artists. They’ll decide when they want to come back together… I don’t know if it’s a hiatus or a breakup, to be honest. In a weird way, I don’t want to know. I don’t think they’ve had enough time to experience what it’s like not being in the group to really answer that.”