Cow­ell takes a di­rect shot at Zayn Ma­lik

Baltimore Sun - - ENTERTAINMENT - — E! News

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.

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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.

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