One Direction fans listen up! The band's boss, Simon Cowell, has some very reassuring news for you

Earlier this week we heard the upsetting news that One Direction could be on the verge of splitting up. So when we bumped into Simon Cowell at last night’s Elle Style Awards we thought it was about time we found out the truth for ourselves.

Despite reports that both Harry Styles and Zayn Malik are working on solo material away from their One Direction band mates – Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Liam Payne – the band’s record label boss Simon insists that they’re not splitting up.

Addressing rumours that they’re about to split a surprised Simon, 55, told Now, ‘Are One Direction going to split up? That’s news to me. They’re going to stay together.’

So what about reports Harry, 21, was spotted recording solo material with a producer in Hollywood recently and the news that Zayn, 22, is keen to launch a career in rap?

Simon revealed, ‘I hear that all the time. I mean they can do what they want but maybe a little bit on the side and stay together.’

Phew!

The X Factor mogul’s denial comes in the same week that One Direction were named the UK’s most successful band for a third year in the world.

Speaking about the accolade the boy band said, ‘We just want to thank all our amazing fans everywhere. Every time we visit a new country we feel instantly accepted and it’s mind-blowing to think the five of us have been able to connect with so many people.’

Dad of one Simon also spoke of his happiness at the news saying, ‘I am absolutely delighted and immensely proud. To accomplish this for a third year in a row is a fantastic achievement – and especially pleasing as this latest album also highlighted the band’s skills as songwriters.’

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