2:54pm PT by Mitchell Peters, Billboard
Simon Cowell Says One Direction Might Take a Break: "They've Got Enough Hits Now"
One Direction's longtime mentor Simon Cowell commented on the pop group's possible future in a recent interview with The Sun.
"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," Cowell said in his first interview following the death of his mother. "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."
In early June, The Sun reported that One Direction would go on a year-long break next year after promoting their fifth album, due out at the end of 2015. But a rep for the band told Billboard there was no truth to that.
Around the same time in June, One Direction's Harry Styles told Ryan Seacrest that the group was hard at work on their forthcoming album. Zayn Malik announced his departure from the band in late March.
Meanwhile, Cowell also spoke to The Sun about news of Louis Tomlinson becoming a father.
"I said to him, 'You man up. You're fortunate because you're in a position to be able to look after the baby and not worry too much about that,'" he said. "But I also told him, 'I've received bad calls in my life, but this is not one of them. This is your business, but I'm here for you'."
But Cowell doesn't believe that the pregnancy will negatively impact One Direction. "He didn't kill anyone. He got someone pregnant," he said. "It happens every day all over the world. Again, Louis has got great family around him and, look, it's a plus, not a negative."
One Direction signed with Cowell's record label Syco Records after forming and finishing third on the U.K.'s The X Factor in 2010.
This story first appeared on Billboard.com.