Simon Cowell has offered his first on-camera, professional analysis of Zayn Malik's recent departure from One Direction, and it's very Simon Cowell.
At an event celebrating the upcoming ninth season of his show Britain's Got Talent on Thursday, the 55-year-old TV personality spoke to the U.K. outlet Sugarscape and was asked during the interview what he thought about 1D's future and the pop star's solo career prospects.
"He's a fantastic singer. Um, look, he's got to get his head together a little bit," Cowell said. "He needs some time on his own, as he said, to be a normal 22-year-old, which he's gonna have."
Malik has not responded to Cowell's comments.
The fan-favorite former American Idol judge, known for his acerbic on-screen remarks, helped form the boy band on another one of his shows, The X Factor. He also heads Syco Music, the record label that signed the group after they placed third during the series' seventh season in 2010.