Cowell takes a direct shot at Zayn Malik
After news broke that Zayn Malik is creating a One Direction-inspired TV show, Simon Cowell revealed that he’s none too pleased with the 23-year-old former crooner for the boy band.
Speaking to Entertainment Today, Cowell, who had a hand in creating One Direction, said he felt Zayn should have consulted him before signing on to the project. “I think he should have come to me with it, if I’m being honest with you,” he said.
The new series, titled “Boys,” will follow the formation of a wildly successful boy band. It will take a page out of “Empire’s” book and release original music.
Zayn left One Direction to launch his solo career and has released an album, “Mind of Mine,” including singles “Like I Would” and “Pillowtalk.”
Cowell said that he wished the boy band members would come to him with their ideas. “I just think they should come to me with these things,” Cowell said. “I do actually believe that when they’ve got these ideas, bearing in mind where we started, they should actually come to me.”
The 56-year-old former “American Idol” host said he felt that he deserved some of the credit for the band’s success, but he admires where they’re all going with their careers. “I like everyone who’s got ambition but I’m not going to lie, there’s always part of me that thinks they should give it to me,” Cowell added.
Former “American Idol” host Simon Cowell, above, says that singer Zayn Malik should have consulted with him before creating a One Direction-inspired TV show.