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Harry Styles Reflects on His Time with One Direction

Harry Styles Reflects on His Time with One Direction

Simon Cowell was recently shocked when Harry Styles called him to reminisce about One Direction.
Simon, 64, formed the boy band, featuring Harry, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson, in 2010 on ‘The X Factor’. Although Harry has gone on to huge solo success since going on hiatus in 2016, he recently had a phone conversation with his former mentor, in which they reminisced about the good old days.
Harry’s call was inspired by listening to Simon talk about the band on Steven Bartlett’s ‘Diary Of A CEO’ podcast in June.
Simon told HELLO! magazine: “It was great to hear from him. He said listening to the podcast reminded him of how great we had it together.
“I thought it said so much about him that he took the time to make that phone call.”
Meanwhile, Simon admitted on the podcast that he had one major regret about his time in One Direction.
He said, “The only thing I regret is that I should have kept the name. I should have owned the name. That’s the problem. If you give an artist the name, it’s not yours. And that’s my only regret. So if you listen, I’ll buy it back from you.
“If one of the band members, for whatever reason, says he doesn’t want to tour, that can prevent the others from touring. So if I was the one who owned the name, it wouldn’t be a problem.
“That was very naive of me. Next time I have to own the name myself.”
Simon also indicated that he always had confidence that One Direction would be a huge success.
He said: “It was clear as soon as they came on the show that they were going to be really, really successful. They were the perfect group. They made a lot of money.
“I told them never to complain about paparazzi because they’re going to take pictures of you. Don’t complain about the invasion of your privacy because people always want to take pictures with you. Don’t complain about the long hours either.
“I told them that if any of the above were a problem, then they would have to do something else, because this was all going to happen. I told them about the gruelling schedule – it’s part of the area. It’s just part of it, you lose a lot of privacy.
“If you want to be an accountant, you don’t have any of these problems, but it is less fun.”