As part of The X Factor’s biggest success story, Niall Horan was surely once the apple of Simon Cowell’s eye.
But ever since signing with Universal, it seems the Mullingar man’s relationship with his former mentor has gone downhill.
X Factor sources have told The Sun that despite having a new song out, Niall will not be asked to perform as part of this year’s series because Simon believes he lacks loyalty.
The insider said: “Niall hasn’t been invited to sing on any of the remaining live shows, despite having a big release. That’s not an oversight from the bookings team, it’s intentional.”
“Simon really thought the 1D boys would show loyalty after he mentored them on the show and made them the huge global success they are. Instead they went behind his back,” they continued.
“He’s not going to do them any favours. He knows artists love performing on the show as there are eight million viewers to promote their songs to.”
A source close to the 23-year-old singer says he is well aware of the situation with Simon but suggested that he has chosen to take the high road.
“They knew when he didn’t sign with Syco he wouldn’t be appearing on The X Factor. Everyone is totally fine.”
“He’s extremely proud and grateful for everything The X Factor did for him,” they said.
Earlier this month, the 57-year-old music mogul suggested Niall’s first solo single would have made number one if he had signed with Syco.
He then bragged that James Arthur has taken the chart’s top spot after returning to his label.