Simon Cowell is addressing the rumors surrounding Louis Tomlinson’s baby and Zayn Malik’s new music label. One Direction fans have been wondering what’s happening to both singers this week. The X Factor judge and mentor, Simon Cowell, revealed the advice he gave Louis following the baby announcement.
Tomlinson, 23, is expecting his first child with stylist Briana Jungwirth, 23. She is reportedly due in early 2016. Cowell told the Sun that he gave Tomlinson some real advice on how to handle the shocking baby news.
“I said to him, ‘You man up.’ You’re fortunate because you’re in a position to be able to look after the baby and not worry too much about that. But I also told him, ‘I’ve received bad calls in my life but this is not one of them. This is your business but I’m here for you.”
He also denied reports that claimed the baby news could ruin One Direction.
“He didn’t kill anyone. He got someone pregnant. It happens every day all over the world. Again, Louis has got some great family around him, and look, it’s a plus, not a negative.”
Simon is no stranger to shocking baby news. The former American Idol judge welcomed his first child with Lauren Silverman, the wife of his friend, Andrew Silverman. During that time, Simon told the Mirror (via Us Weekly) that he had to “man up” about his situation as well.
“It’s not something I am proud of or wanted to happen in terms of hurting anyone. It just happened. You have to deal with it and man up to it.”
Now for those pesky Zayn Malik rumors. It was reported that Malik was dropped by Syco and was moved to another label within the Sony label. Cowell made the shocking move out of loyalty to Malik’s former bandmates. Now he’s explaining the reason behind his major decision.
“Well, because it was his decision to leave the group and we hadn’t asked him to do it, I felt my main responsibility was to the band. They didn’t ask for it to happen either and I did sign One Direction as a group.
“But luckily within Sony there are a lot of labels who are really good. I had a feeling there was one particular label who would love to have him and they did.
“It enables them to treat him as a priority and us to carry on with what we’re doing with the boys. It also means no one has any nerves about whether we’re working harder on them or him.”
In his full interview with the Sun, Simon also talks about losing his mom, Julie, two weeks ago from a crippling health scare.
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