Louis Walsh hits out at One Direction: “Simon created monsters”
X Factor judge Louis Walsh has hit out at the show’s most famous alumni One Direction, describing them as “monsters”.
The world’s biggest boyband began a eighteen-month break at the start of 2016, but now in October look even further away from each other than ever. Harry Styles recently finished filming Hollywood blockbuster Dunkirk, Niall Horan has just released his first solo single “This Town”, Liam Payne is writing an producing a new solo album and Louis Tomlinson is adjusting to fatherhood.
However, Walsh has condemned the stars’ efforts at careers outside of the group, telling the Mail on Sunday’s Event magazine: “Too much money, too much success too quickly. Simon created monsters and that was it. They all think they’re going to be solo stars. They’re not.”
In fact, the only member of the band Walsh is willing to tip for a bright solo future is Styles, who recently signed a $80 million solo record deal with Columbia.
Walsh said: “Only Harry. That’s it. Then they’ll be sorry they broke up and it’ll be too late because there’s another boy band. That’s what always happens in boy bands.”
The criticism comes as a surprise as Walsh has mostly been supportive of the group in the past, who he judged in the 2011 edition of The X Factor.
Indeed, after news of the group’s intended break hit last year, Walsh tipped fellow countryman Horan for solo success.
Speaking in August 2015, he said: “I think Niall will get a record deal and he will be very successful. I think he will surprise everybody.”
However, Walsh did have some nice things to say about the One Direction members, admitting he believes Cheryl and Liam Payne’s relationship will last.
He explained: “I think Liam and Cheryl are going to work… He’s a nice guy and he’s in love with her. He’ll make her happy. I think she was in a bad place over the last two years.”