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Simon Cowell Predicted Zayn Malik Leaving One Direction: ‘Bands Don’t Stay Together’

Wed, March 25, 2015 4:25pm EDT by Lauren Cox 5 Comments

Okay, this is really weird. Back in Aug. 2015, Simon Cowell actually predicted that One Direction would eventually split up. Click inside to WATCH the interview!

Simon Cowell, 55, can see the future. Less than a year before Zayn Malik, 22, called it quits and decided to exit One Direction, their X Factor mentor told a reporter that he knew the end was coming. So, how right was Simon?

Simon Cowell Predicted One Direction Break Up — Interview

“Bands don’t stay together forever,” Simon said in a now totally shocking interview, CTV reported back in Aug. 2014. So weird, right?

Simon went on to say he thought 1D would make at least two more albums together before ending everything. He was close, but he wasn’t 100% on point.

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One Direction’s fourth studio album, Four, was released just 3 months later in Nov. 2014. Since then, the band has not released a fifth album.

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So, why did Simon say that? At that point in time, what led him to believe that the end of One Direction was on it’s way?

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During the very same interview, Simon admitted that any of the five boys may one day want to pursue a solo career in the music industry. However, Zayn’s statement clearly says that that is not why he has parted ways with his 1D brothers.

You can read Zayn’s full statement about leaving the group HERE, 1D’s statement HERE, and, of course, Simon’s statement HERE.

Tell us, HollywoodLifers — What do you think about Simon predicting the end of 1D? Comment below with your thoughts.

— Lauren Cox