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Simon Cowell "surprised" by Liam Payne's solo signing with another label

Music mogul Simon Cowell has revealed that he was "slightly surprised" to learn that One Direction's Liam Payne had signed a solo deal with Capitol Records last week. 

Chatting to Entertainment Tonight, the businessman explained that he didn't see Payne's new signing coming at all: "I was slightly surprised to read that Liam signed to another label. I wasn't expecting it. But you know, that happens."

Cowell made a slight dig at Payne earlier this week when he told J-14 and other media outlets that One Direction have been incredibly loyal to his SyCo label over the years, but dropped Payne's name from the list of band members

"You know what, we're talking to all of [the 1D guys] at the moment. You know what the great thing about these boys are, well not all of them, just most of them, they're incredibly loyal. And you don't always expect that. Niall, Harry, Louis are amazing."

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