Simon Cowell to give One Direction’s Zayn Malik, Niall Horan etc a year off so they don’t turn into Justin Bieber?

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Simon Cowell has admitted that he keeps a very close eye on his singers and acts to make sure their fame and workload isn’t pushing them into meltdown.

The X Factor boss was interviewed on Fox news this week and asked about the recent reports on Justin Bieber’s supposed troubles.

It’s been claimed that the young star was placed on a ‘no fly’ list at a skydiving facility this week because of bad behaviour, some insiders have claimed the singer is using ever increasing amounts of drugs and he was pictured attacking a photographer in London earlier this year.

Simon was asked what he thinks of Bieber’s problems and how he ensures that the acts signed to his own label don’t go the same way.


The music mogul revealed that he watches the careers of One Direction, Cher Lloyd, Susan Boyle, Leona Lewis etc very closely and claimed that he would insist they take a year off if he thought the pressures of fame were weighing too heavily on the younger stars.

Cowell explained:

If I ever thought one of our artists was being over worked or over promoted you would just have to say to them ‘you’ve made enough money, take a year off.’ You have to be sensible about it.

However, insiders have claimed that the hectic work schedule, the non stop travelling and the constant performing is taking it’s toll on the One Direction boys specifically.

Niall Horan complained last week about his poor hotel facilities and constantly being ‘stalked’ though he later apologised for being a ‘kn*b.’

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Zayn Malik has sparked concerns with his extreme weight loss and after pictures emerged showing him looking extremely skinny a source told US Magazine:

““He’s always been the slimmest of the band members, naturally but I think he’s running around a lot, getting stressed, and not putting health first.””

Liam Payne also had a bit of a Twitter meltdown this week and he later apologised to fans in a tweet which read:

“I’m worried people think I’m pissed off or whatever and I don’t want anyone to think I’m a dick so i just wanted to say sorry to anyone who was pissed at me the other day I was just tired an having a bad time, I just miss home a little bit at the moment so please don’t think I’m moody or off… ”

1D aren’t likely to get a year off any time soon, as their Take Me Home world tour still has five months to go and their stadium tour kicks off in May of next year.

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11 Responses to “Simon Cowell to give One Direction’s Zayn Malik, Niall Horan etc a year off so they don’t turn into Justin Bieber?”

  1. Triona says:

    They are way too overworked and stressed and need a break, pronto.

    • 1d fan says:

      They will take a year off in 2015 I reckon. They just want to end on a high with a stadium tour in 2014. Then in their year off they will do solo stuff so hopefully we won’t miss them too badly.

  2. person says:

    the problem is, they’re only what 3 years into their career? If they take a whole year out, the hype around them will die down…they’re still young and at the peak of their career, there’ll be plenty of time to take long breaks and settle down when they get older and the hype around them dies down by itself

    • ella scott says:

      no they’re hype wont die down, their fans love them way too much to ever forget and it will hell hard not seeing them for a whole year but i’d rather that then them start hating their job and their life.

  3. Me says:

    Modest! Management is obviously overworking them. They planned to release their next album later on in 2014 but their management has been pressuring them and now it’ll be released before christamas.

  4. Emer mulhern says:

    why are they doing that

  5. ONE DIRECTION says:


    • Hannah says:

      But maybe they shouldn’t have an entire year maybe just most of a year. And have some small concerts here and there cause I’m not saying they will loose fans or anything but it’s possible so if they do have the break concerts every now and then should be good!

    • not alpacalypse says:

      why would you hate Simon? without him, we wouldn’t have the boys. would you rather one of them has like a break-down or something because of being overworked or just give them some time off?

  6. Hannah says:

    I love them so much so I also care how they feel! I think they do need a break! It looks like they have so much going on and they can’t take it! Simon needs to give them this break! I don’t want anything to happen to One Direction! And most of this fandom thinks management is putting pressure on them and making them work hard. They need this break…

  7. Francis says:

    Take the next 10 years off would be good and take bieber with you