Simon Cowell has dubbed Zayn Malik as “rude” for criticising the music he made while part of One Direction.
Malik left the band in March of this year and is now focusing on a solo career. Speaking in an interview with The Fader in November, he called One Direction’s music “generic as fuck” and added that he wanted to make “real music” on his own.
Cowell, whose Syco label is home to One Direction, has described these comments as “rude” to his former bandmates and the people who work with them in quotes published by The Mirror.
“I think once he has had a chance to reflect on everything he will probably reconsider what he’s said because it was a very, very democratic process in the band,” Cowell said. “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.”
“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,” he added. “Life could have been a lot worse, right?”
Malik left One Direction back in March. Issuing a statement at the time in which he said: “My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined. But, after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band. I’d like to apologise to the fans if I’ve let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right in my heart. I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight.” He later added that he had left the band to make “real music”.
It has since emerged that he was working with Frank Ocean producer Malay on solo material. Malay tweeted about his work on Malik’s debut solo record, calling the former One Direction man “pure genius”.
Following his One Direction exit, Malik signed a solo deal with RCA and has been offered guidance by 50 Cent and collaborations with Odd Future man Tyler, The Creator.