Simon Cowell says it wasn’t easy working with One Tack

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Simon Cowell remains very close with the guys of One Direction, but claims that upon detecting them on the U.K.’s “X Factor” in 2010, it wasn’t easy to wield with them.

The 56 -year-old music mogul “half-jokingly” tells Billboard that Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Niall Horan were “a nightmare” when they were coming up in the music industry.

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“They were like five puppies, ” he quips. “Really excited, loadings of opinions, always wanted to hang out.”

“I’m sure “were in” a nightmare, ” Tomlinson agrees with a titter. “We were at the high levels of our immaturity, always running around and being mischievous. There were so many meetings where Simon had to snarls us to courtesy, but he was very patient.”

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Six years later, the 24 -year-old singer insists that Cowell is “lovely and species, ” a far cry from the tough-love adjudicate he draws on “American Idol, ” “X Factor, ” and soon, “America’s Got Talent .” “Simon is one of the first parties I told about my son, Freddie, ” he gushes. “You can trust him.”

Tomlinson adds that Cowell was very understanding when the son party are determined to take a hiatus. “Not once did he apply any pressing on us, ” he says. “Most beings would’ve tried to give us at least a nudge. But he didn’t. That’s a real thoughtfulnes of his character.”

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That being said, Cowell says he’s not convinced that One Direction will stay together. “I don’t know if it’s a hiatus or a breakup, to be honest, ” he shares with Billboard. “In a weird lane, I don’t want to know. I don’t think they’ve had enough time to experience what it’s like not being in the group to really answer that.”

In March 2015, Malik announced he was leaving the group to pursue a solo vocation, and Cowell signed the 23 -year-old singer to RCA Records, which, like 1D’s description Syco, is under Sony. “The boys hadn’t bought into the fact that he was leaving, so out of respect for them, it wasn’t the right thing to place him on Syco, ” he illustrates. “What’s good for Zayn is good for us, good for the demonstrate and good for the brand.”

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While Malik prepares for the liberate of his first solo album this month, rumors are twirling that Harry Styles is also considering going out on his own. “He’ll work up what kind of record he wants to make because he’s get enormous savor — which is always a help, ” Cowell says. “All the writers and producers want to work with him, understandably, but he possibly won’t rush into it.”

Cowell may have his ideas as to the future of One Direction, but Styles assured ET in November that the band is not breaking up. “I think it’s important for us to take the breach and have it as a snap, ” he said. “Obviously “it wouldve been” naive of us to think that people aren’t going to read into that in a ton of different ways, but we’re just gonna take a little burst next year.”

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