'ICYMI' over the weekend, 'Footprints In The Sand' co-writer Simon Cowell has said he'd be happy for One Direction to have a bit of a rest after album five.
“In terms of the band, they’ve got enough hits now they can take some time off and do some other stuff they want to do," he mused to his favourite newspaper, The Sun. "Then I hope they’ll have a little bit of time apart and want to get back together again. It’s a fun job, but it’s absolutely their decision."
He also said a few more things about Zayn no longer being with Syco — the main point being that as it was his decision to leave One Direction Cowell had no choice but to move him to another Sony label.
“I had a feeling there was one particular label who would love to have him and they did," he explained.
“It enables them to treat him as a priority and us to carry on with what we’re doing with the boys. It also means no one has any nerves about whether we’re working harder on them or him.”
Mind you, if One Direction release their new album at the end of this year, they'll likely be off on tour when Zayn comes back with his new single, which then means they'll be on this break of theirs when he releases an album. Perfect.