Simon Cowell has spoken about his relationship with the various members of One Direction, saying he is “not bitter – much” that they are now working on projects without him.
After he and Nicole Scherzinger formed the boyband on The X Factor in 2010, Cowell signed the five-piece to his label Syco and oversaw their careers as they became global chart-toppers. However, the group – reduced to a four-piece since Zayn Malik left in March 2015 – is now “on hiatus” and Cowell does not seem to be helping to launch any of their solo careers.
It has recently been reported that band member Niall Horan “snubbed” Cowell to sign a deal with rival label Universal.
During a press call for the final of America’s Got Talent in the US, the entertainment mogul is quoted by The Sun as saying: “I hear so many things now, which they’re doing, which I’m not involved with. It’s a bit like I’m getting the hint you don’t want me to come to the party. Sorry for making you famous…”
Cowell continued: “Look, I’m not going to lie when I hear they’re doing something, and they haven’t approached me. You think, ‘Well I would have liked you to,’ but it’s their choice. I’m not bitter – much.”
After hearing that Zayn Malik is working on a new drama series about life in a boyband with US TV veteran Dick Wolf, Cowell said recently, “I think he should have come to me with it.” Since then, 23-year-old Malik has announced that he is also preparing to publish his first autobiography.
Asked about this at the America’s Got Talent press call, Cowell is is quoted by The Sun as saying: “You know what? I genuinely don’t care.”