The X Factor judge admitted that he had wronged One Direction fans at last week’s Music Industry Trust Awards during a radio interview last Friday. Cowell said that a joke he’d made at the awards last week, didn’t quite land.
Simon Cowell was handed the Music Industry Trusts Award in London by One Direction members Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson. After accepting the gong, the Media mogul quipped, “Who misses Zayn?”, he explained to New York’s Fresh.
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Right on the spot, an angry One Direction fans targeted Cowell and forced him to apologise. “So I apologize to any Zayn fans out there — it was meant as a joke.”
The “X Factor” judge said, “I just kind of thought, when I was standing on stage with them, that they were back to being five and I saw myself being a part of One Direction for a moment.” That’s when I made that quip, ‘Who needs Zayn?’ which of course backfired hugely. So I apologise to any Zayn fans out there – it was meant as a joke.”