One Direction fans have been in shock since Zayn Malik announced his departure from One Direction last month and it was music mogul Simon Cowell who tried to convince him not to walk away from the boy band.
The music mogul who formed the boy band through talent show X Factor told James Corden on The Late Late Show: ” I was just about to jump off a cliff. I was in Miami. I kind of knew this was coming if I’m being honest with you.
“We had a few conversations – he wasn’t happy and I was trying to say to him, ‘Look, I think you should stay around a bit longer,’ and then something in him just said, ‘No I’ve had enough,’ and then once the decision was made I dealt with it,” he continued.
“I saw him in person as well – but once someone has made their mind up they are going to go. At the same time I don’t want to push him too much because he’s 22 and I could see he was a bit stressed and needed some time off.”
He added: “Obviously [I] made sure the guys were OK, because they were shocked as well. I’d seen him in person as well, but once someone has made their mind up, they’re going to go.
“But also at the same time, I don’t want to push him too much because he’s 22 and I could see that he was a bit stressed and he wanted some time off and I had to respect his decision.”
The Britain’s Got Talent judge also insisted that the remaining boys – Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Niall Horan – will continue and be stronger.
Simon explained: “For the boys it was interesting because they were in the middle of these live shows at the time.
“Then I watched the show back and they were incredible. I have a feeling they are going to deliver the best record they have ever made.”