Simon Cowell Calls Out Zayn Malik For “Rude” One Direction Comments
Despite Zayn Malik announcing his solo career months ago and One Direction beginning their hiatus last week, both acts are still making joint headlines. Simon Cowell, who responsible for forming the boy band on The X Factor UK, is speaking out against Zayn’s latest comments on 1D.
In his November interview with The FADER, the solo singer stated there was a lack of creative freedom while in One Direction: “There was never any room for me to experiment creatively in the band. If I would sing a hook or a verse slightly R&B, or slightly myself, it would always be recorded 50 times until there was a straight version that was pop, generic as fuck, so they could use that version.”
Now, as the Daily Mirror reports, Cowell is calling out Zayn on his comments. “It is a bit rude to the people who wrote all the hits with them. And to the other band members. I mean, they all wrote a lot of the stuff,” the music mentor replied.
Simon also reveals he isn’t putting too much effort into Zayn’s departure and focused on One Direction: “To be honest, I don’t even think about it too much because as soon as he left, we sorted him out with a label who really were enthusiastic about him and then my loyalty was back with the boys. They had no warning. Not that they needed me, but I wanted to show that I was there for them and that they could continue without him — and they did.”