Earlier this week, millions of One Direction fans cried themselves to sleep after it was announced that the chart-topping boy band would be taking a year-long hiatus next year!
While most are upset by this news that seems like the beginning of the group's end, their boss Simon Cowell promises that time off is just what the boys need!
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The X Factor judge, who assembled 1D back in 2010, revealed that he has known the hiatus was coming.
Simon explained to press at the X Factor launch:
It looks like Zayn Malik is ready to OFFICIALLY kick off his solo career!!
After leaving One Direction earlier this year and having a VERY public falling out with his buddy Naughty Boy, it's been rumored that the 22-year-old has been trying to strike up a solo deal with RCA!
Well now it sounds like Zayn finally got what he was looking for and it's all because of his good pal Simon Cowell!
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That's right! The same Simon Cowell who helped put 1D together in the first place JUST helped their former member sign with a COMPETING RECORD LABEL!!!
The former American Idol judge recently said he wouldn't be surprised to see the rest of the member of One Direction take a little bit of time off and possibly split for good!
We have to wonder if he'll help everyone else the same way he helped Zayn when the time comes!
[Image via Bauer Griffin Online.]
We're still so shocked about this baby news!
The thing on every Directioner's mind this past week has been Louis Tomlinson's announcement that he is expecting a child.
Since the news, many fans of One Direction have been fearing what will happen now that both Louis and Zayn Malik have other things on their plates!
Well, X Factor mentor Simon Cowell has finally opened up about the future of his act, confirming the pregnancy while saying:
So, so sad.
On Sunday, Simon Cowell's mom, Julie, passed away at 89.
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That night, a spokesperson for the music mogul's family released this statement:
"Today our beloved mum Julie passed away. Anyone who had met her would know what a truly special and kind lady she was. We are heartbroken and will miss her terribly, but she is now at peace."
The spokesperson also continued that the family is hoping for some privacy during this trying time, saying:
"We would like to thank the media for kindly respecting Julie's privacy throughout and we politely request continued privacy for the entire family at this particularly difficult time."
And part of this privacy means putting a pause of X Factor UK. A spokesperson for Simon's production company, Syco Entertainment, revealed that Monday's Manchester auditions have been canceled: