Simon Cowell has admitted he was blindsided by Liam Payne 's decision to sign with a rival record label and speculated that it could be a rivalry with Harry Styles that influenced his decision.
The One Direction singer signed a solo deal with Universal label Capitol last week, a move that came as a shock to the Syco boss.
“It is a bit annoying if I am honest with you – mainly because it is a another label who has now got your artist who you worked with for so many years," he said. “But that is the music business, unfortunately. I don’t think anyone else from the band will do that.”
Speculating as to why he might have gone with another label, Simon admitted that it could've been due to Harry Styles' deal.
“But I guess he read about Harry [Styles]’s deal and thought we weren’t interested," he revealed. “My impression was that he wasn’t in any hurry to make a record because he discussed this last year. He was more into songwriting." His admission about Liam Payne came after he praised the other members of One Direction for their "loyalty".
He 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. "Niall, Harry, Louis amazing," he added.
Louis recently joined Simon on 'America's Got Talent' as a guest judge and the 56-year-old star was very impressed with how the History singer fared with the contestants. Simon revealed: "Louis is great! It was so funny, and so kind of odd, because he had auditioned for me five years ago, and now he's sitting where I'm sitting, judging other people and doing it really well, I was really happy for him, he loved doing it," he added.
Simon's remarks come as Liam announced the news of his new record, but said One Direction would always be his "family".
He revealed: "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, One Direction will always be my family; I'm now excited to show what I can do as a solo artist," added the star.
The former One Direction singer has reportedly enlisted the help of Doyen Global, the company who handled David Beckham's career and build him into a worldwide.
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