Yet more heartburn for poor Zayn Malik.
Days after a very public spat with music producer ‘Naughty Boy’ – the man who was set to propel the 22-year-old into superstardom post-One Direction – it’s emerged that Malik has been dropped by Simon Cowell’s powerful record label Syco.
According to reports, Cowell is said to have made the decision out of loyalty to Malik’s former 1D band mates Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson.
A Syco source told The Sun: “It’s a big move for Simon because Zayn could have a very successful solo career but his priority absolutely remains the band and this is a big statement on his part.”
But it’s not all bad for Malik.
The singer is said to be moving to another label within the Sony empire for his first solo release.
“Zayn will stay in the Sony family under a different label and it’s totally with Simon Cowell’s blessing”, the source adds.
“It was just felt to be a bit difficult to have 1D and Zayn on the same label — and everyone felt it was better for him to be somewhere different. Since leaving the band, Zayn has changed management and lawyers so it would kind of make sense for him to work with a new label team.
“But having said that, he still gets on great with Simon.”
Earlier this week, Zayn lashed out at his former pal and collaborator Naughty Boy, following leaked clips of what appears to be his new music video.
The former One Direction singer had some not-so-nice words for the producer as it seems that he thinks the producer could be responsible for leaking the clips online.