What does Simon Cowell think of One Direction's 'drugs' video?

Published Tuesday, Jun 3 2014, 09:13 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Simon Cowell has broken his silence on One Direction's alleged marijuana video, saying he hopes fans remain behind the band.

1D stars Louis Tomlinson, 22, and Zayn Malik, 21, caused controversy last month when video footage was leaked showing them sharing a lit cigarette while in Peru.

At one point in the video, Louis can be heard saying: "Here we are leaving Peru, joint lit, happy days."

Simon Cowell and Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne of One Direction, X Factor finalist photocall
London, England - 09.12.10

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Simon with 1D in 2010.

Since then, there has been a multitude of speculation about how the video may affect the band's career and what their record label boss Simon thinks about it all.

Well, the answer seems to be he isn't that mad… although he declined to reveal exactly what he'd said to the boys after seeing the video, insisting it was a private matter.

Speaking yesterday, the music mogul said that One Direction haven't lost the plot and are one of the hardest-working groups he knows.

"They haven't changed, they are really respectful to the fans [and] a great British export," he told The Sun.

"What more can I say? I hope the fans stay loyal. I worked with a lot of artists who do lose the plot and forget you put them there, which they have never done."

Simon Cowell at One Direction premiere, 20 August 2013

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Simon at the premiere of 1D's movie in August 2013.

Louis and Zayn's video was filmed while the group were in Peru on the South American leg of their 'Where We Are' tour. It was leaked online just before they started the UK round of dates.

Bandmembers Harry Styles, Niall Horan and Liam Payne were not involved in the video.

So far, Louis and Zayn have yet to make an official comment, although Liam did tweet an apology last week.

One Direction's fans have been mixed in their response to the video, with some standing by the band and others voicing disappointment and going so far as to burn their concert tickets.

Last week, Piers Morgans spoke out in support of the group, saying the publicity generated by the video was OTT.

"This @onedirection bashing's over-the-top. Two of them made a silly mistake. But from my experience, they're a good bunch of lads."

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