On Tuesday, the 56-year-old dished to Entertainment Tonight:
“I was slightly surprised to read that Liam signed to another label. I wasn’t expecting it. But you know, that happens.”
While the industry vet doesn’t sound TOO upset with Liam, he may’ve thrown a little shade the British hottie’s way as he neglected to mention Payne’s name when discussing the “loyal” members of One Direction. In a convo with several press outlets, Cowell stated:
“The great thing about 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. [It’s] amazing.”
Here’s hoping this means Liam and Zayn will be collaborating on something in the near future. Fingers crossed!
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