One Direction star Niall Horan is reported to have snubbed Simon Cowell’s Syco Music in favour of signing a new contract with Universal Records. The 22 year old Irish singer is the latest One Direction member to leave Cowell’s label, following the departure of both Zayn Malik and Liam Payne’s over the last two years.
The news comes only a couple of weeks after Cowell commented on Horan’s supposed loyalty.
In an interview with People Magazine, Cowell stated: “Niall is the most loyal. We’re expecting to announce something soon with him. I’ve always known he’s loyal. We’re talking to all of One Direction at the moment. Most of them are incredibly loyal, and you don’t always expect that. Niall, Harry and Louis are amazing.”
Horan joined One Direction in 2010 whilst participating in that years X Factor competition. The band have since released an incredible five records in just under five years, and have enjoyed huge mainstream success. Following the release of their most recent album ‘Made In The A.M.’, the band have been on hiatus.
It was originally intended for the hiatus to last around 18 months to give each of the band members an overdue rest from their constant touring schedule, however in recent months it has been suggested that the band may be apart for a much longer time frame, in order to pursue solo projects.
It appears that Horan is the latest band member to try and carve out his own path in the music world, with Harry Styles also rumoured to be planning a move into solo artistry.
The news of Horan’s new contract may actually come as a pleasant to surprise to many 1D fans.
Horan had initially decided to put his music career on hold, to focus his efforts on his golf company, ‘Modest Golf Management’. The company was set up by Horan earlier in the year, and aims to find Britain and Ireland’s next crop of golfing heroes.