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Simon Cowell Was 'Surprised' By Liam Payne's Solo Record Deal — Does He Think The 1D Member Isn't Loyal?

| Filed under: Music MinuteSimon CowellOne DirectionZayn MalikLiam PayneShade

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Uh oh!

It seems Liam Payne may've blindsided his former mentor Simon Cowell by signing a solo deal with Capitol Records UK, instead of the America's Got Talent judge's company Syco Music. Yikes!

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On Tuesday, the 56-year-old dished to Entertainment Tonight:

"I was slightly surprised to read that Liam signed to another label. I wasn't expecting it. But you know, that happens."

While the industry vet doesn't sound TOO upset with Liam, he may've thrown a little shade the British hottie's way as he neglected to mention Payne's name when discussing the "loyal" members of One Direction. In a convo with several press outlets, Cowell stated:

"The great thing about 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. [It's] amazing."

Ouch!

Looks like things are still tense between Zayn Malik and the 1D founder. Thankfully, the Pillowtalk crooner remains close to Liam to this day! So, at least those two have each other.

Here's hoping this means Liam and Zayn will be collaborating on something in the near future. Fingers crossed!

[Image via Daniel Deme/WENN.]

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