Will Harry Styles' Closeness to Kendall and Kris Jenner Harm One Direction?
By IBTimes Staff Reporter | January 26, 2014 1:30 AM EST
Harry Styles might be blinded by love but it seems music mogul Simon Cowell is worried about his closeness to Kendall Jenner and her mother Kris Jenner, as it could have a negative effect on his band One Direction.
Cowell reportedly urged Styles to keep a distance from Kendall and Kris, stars of reality show "Keeping up with the Kardashians".
"Simon knows how controlling and manipulative Kris is because he had dealings with her when Khloe Kardashian co-hosted the U.S. X Factor for one season," Showbizspy quoted a source as saying. "So when he heard Kris had already asked Harry to appear on the family reality show, he was livid. He told Harry that doing the show would not only be embarrassing, there'd be no benefit to him whatsoever."
The music mogul was said to be furious on learning that Styles was introduced to Kanye West by Kendall and Kris.
"Simon freaked when he heard that!" the source told Showbizspy. "He's really worried about losing control of Harry. He knows his lead singer's been thinking about a solo career, so the last thing he needs is the Kardashians and Kanye digging their claws into the One Direction star and trying to separate him from the rest of the band - not to mention Simon's record label!"
Cowell and One Direction had announced last year that they would continue to work together. The band had reportedly signed a long-term deal with SyCo, worth an estimated at £50 million.
However, it was recently reported that Kris has been trying to get Styles, who is in a relationship with her daughter Kendall, make appearances on to "Keeping up with the Kardashians".
A report by Ocean Up quoted a source telling NOW that One Direction members were "worried that she's slowly trying to get him to quit. Kris is the mastermind behind her daughter's success and financial empire. She has endless contacts and a lot of clout, two things that could really help Harry launch his solo career."