So awkward! Simon Cowell caused quite the stir during his acceptance speech at the Music Industry Trust Awards on Nov. 2. when he jokingly (and drunkenly) asked the audience “so who misses Zayn Malik” — right in front of One Direction! Too soon, Simon. Too soon.
Wow. Simon Cowell, 56, could not have picked a more inappropriate time to address Zayn Malik‘s One Direction departure. The X Factor boss was being presented with an award at the Music Industry Trust Awards in London on Nov. 2 when he took to the stage and revealed that he was hammered before taking a jab at the former 1D bandmate. The worst part? The band was standing right next to him!
The boys of 1D introduced the music mogul at the MIT event to accept an award in recognition of his contribution to the music and entertainment industry. What should have been a celebratory moment however, quickly turned awkward when Simon joined the fellas on stage and gave a bizarre speech that included a jab at the group’s former band member. Grabbing the mic, Simon quipped: “Just my luck I get the award I’ve been wanting all my life and I’m completely hammered. Guys, who misses Zayn?”
Say what?! While the audience broke out in laughter, Harry Styles, 21, Liam Payne, 22, Niall Horan, 22, Louis Tomlinson, 23 just stood their silently, looking completely taken aback by Simon’s uncomfortable comment. And we don’t blame them! Zayn shocked fans when he announced he was quitting One Direction back in March 2015 to focus on a solo recording career. The remaining 1D guys took the news pretty hard, especially Louis, who recently admitted that Zayn’s departure hit him the hardest. Thankfully, the guys didn’t appear to take Simon’s poorly timed joke to heart as they had only good things to say about him on stage.
Simon’s speech however, only continued to get more amusing from there. The X Factor star went on to thank the inventor of Botox, saying: “You have no idea how much money you’ve made me. I can’t look surprised but…” He later added, “We all get old but I’ve still got charisma.” Ain’t that the truth!
HollywoodLifers, what do you think about Simon’s awkward speech? Was his Zayn Malik comment poorly timed? Share your thoughts below!
— Alyssa Montemurro