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Simon Cowell Dishes AGAIN That He Knew Zayn Malik Was Leaving One Direction Before It Happened — Were There Warning Signs??

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Does Simon Cowell know all??

In a recent interview with Event Magazine, the X Factor judge once again opened up about Zayn Malik leaving One Direction.

Ah, it's still too soon. WE KID!

Regardless, the 56-year-old revealed that he knew that the former 1D member was going to split from the boyband before it even happened. Say what??

Related: Simon Cowell Finally Opens Up About His Affair

He shared:

"I knew Zayn was going before it happened. He was unhappy. My concern was actually for the boys. Zayn wasn't in a great place but it was his decision to leave, he wasn't kicked out. He wanted to distance himself. My responsibility was to the boys because they had no warning."

In case you forgot, the 22-year-old left the British group back in March which devastated fans everywhere. Shortly after the schism, the remaining foursome declared a temporary hiatus for their group following the end of their current tour. Bummer!

Still, losing Zayn hasn't been easy on the former American Idol personality as he famously quipped, "Who needs Zayn?" at the Music Industry Trust Awards. Eek!

He's since clarified:

"I just kind of thought when I was standing on stage with them, that they were back to being five. So I apologize to any Zayn fans out there. It was meant as a joke."

It's a tough time to be a Directioner right now! The boys may be going on hiatus, but at least we have their fifth studio album Made in the A.M. to get us through this tough time.

Remember to hug a fellow fan today guys. HA!

[Image via Tim McLees/WENN.]

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