It’s been an explosive week in the music industry with the story breaking that Little Mix had parted way with X Factor head judge and music label boss Simon Cowell.
Speaking to The Sun, Simon has now revealed his side of the story, revealing an argument emerged over a songwriting credit for their latest hit single Woman Like Me.
He also dropped the fact that they ‘didn’t want to record the song’, as well as explaining there were issues with staff.
It was previously rumoured the pair parted ways due to a row with their management company Modest.
‘It was just embarrassing but, funnily enough, I was more annoyed, again, not about me, but about the fact people who had worked so hard in my company were being misrepresented,’ Cowell said.
‘Why do artists think they’re more important than staff members? They’re not. They’re the same.
‘The irony was the record they were arguing about, which is Woman Like Me, they didn’t want to record. This was one of those ironic times that we were having a hit and nobody was happy.’
He also added that the girls weren’t happy with his team. ‘Basically, they said we’d done a terrible job.
I had agreed not to talk about this publicly because I thought it was a private matter. I said, “We can’t work with the management, it’s as simple as that.”’
Confirming Little Mix’s split from the label, a spokesperson for Simon said: ‘Syco Music will no longer work with Modest Management and therefore any artists signed to that management company.
‘We do, of course, wish all artists affected by this decision every future success. Consequently, LM5, the forthcoming Little Mix album A&R’d and released on Syco Music, is to be serviced by RCA at the request of Syco and Simon Cowell.’