Simon Cowell hints at feud with Liam Payne as he praises 'loyal' One Direction boys
Simon Cowell has hinted he's unhappy with Liam Payne's new record deal by calling the singer's One Direction bandmates loyal.
Liam announced last week that he had signed with Capitol Records to embark on his solo career, making him the first member of One Direction to officially confirm a new record deal, and move away from the band's label Sony, during their hiatus.
Simon hinted he was unhappy with Liam's deal in a chat with Thesun.co.uk, by failing to mention the pop star when praising his three bandmates Niall Horan, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson.
When asked about the contract, Simon reportedly dodged the question and 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.”
Harry and Niall are both working on solo material, but Harry has reportedly signed a deal with Columbia, which is still part of Sony, and Niall is thought to be sticking with Simon's company Syco.
Liam announced his next career move on Twitter, writing, "Happy to have signed to @CapitolUK. They have an amazing history of artists, I hope I can follow in their footsteps... One direction will always be my home and family but I'm very excited to see what this chapter brings."
According Britain's The Sun newspaper, Liam has reportedly signed with David Beckham's management team Doyen Global - another move away from One Direction and their team Modest.
“Liam has made a bold move going solo so why not go for management of the highest calibre," the source said. “He also already has a huge profile so the scope to increase his brand further is obvious."
Liam will be the company's first musical signing, as it usually specialises in sport and film. Doyen's co-founder and managing director Simon Oliveira is Beckham's publicist, adviser and close friend.