Simon Cowell Talks Louis Tomlinson’s Baby, Zayn Malik Leaving Syco
Simon Cowell cleared up two rumors that have swirled around members of One Direction, past and present. He recently confirmed to The Sun that Louis Tomlinson is expecting a child, and that he did drop Zayn Malik from his Syco label. But Cowell also stressed that the group he signed is nowhere near finished.
News of Tomlinson having a baby first arrived last week, from an unnamed source via PEOPLE. (The mother, Briana Jungwirth, isn’t dating him right now.) “I said to him, ‘You man up,'” Cowell revealed to The Sun. “You’re fortunate because you’re in a position to be able to look after the baby and not worry too much about that. But I also told him, ‘I’ve received bad calls in my life but this is not one of them.'”
Reports of Malik being dropped from Syco, a joint venture with Sony, also came last week. Cowell insists, though, that this was in everyone’s best interests—Malik’s included. “[L]uckily within Sony there are a lot of labels who are really good,” he says. “I have a feeling there was one particular label who would love to have him and they did. It enables them to treat him as a priority and us to carry on with what we’re doing with the boys.”
“It also means no one has any nerves about whether we’re working harder on them or him,” Cowell continued.
Read the full interview with Simon Cowell at The Sun.