Simon Cowell appears to suggest One Direction tension with Liam Payne

The Syco boss dropped the star’s name when listing “loyal” members of the boyband

Simon Cowell has opened up about his relationship with the four members of One Direction, saying how “loyal” Harry Styles, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson are, but omitted Liam Payne’s name from the list.

One Direction singer Payne launched a solo career after signing a deal with Capitol Records last week (21st July), saying he was excited to start work on his debut solo record when he announced the deal on Twitter.

Following that news, when speaking about his relationship with the four members of One Direction to The Sun, Cowell said: “We’re in touch with them all. The great thing about all these boys – well not all of them, but most of them – they are incredibly loyal, and you don’t always expect that.”

He added: “Niall, Harry, Louis – amazing.”

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When revealing his deal with Capitol though, Payne was quick to dismiss any speculation about the future of One Direction, and said the group will ‘always be family’ to him.

Further elaborating on his solo career in a statement, he said: “’I’m really happy to have signed to such a prestigious label as Capitol Records UK. Capitol Records has an amazing history stretching right back before even Frank Sinatra and I’m really looking forward to becoming part of their story.”

Payne’s deal follows in the success of former 1D singer Zayn Malik, who released debut album ‘Mind of Mine’ earlier this year.

Former One Direction bandmate Harry Styles is also believed to have signed a record deal too, but is currently preoccupied with filming for a role in Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan’s upcoming World War Two epic.
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