'Feel like a proud father to see 1D stars' success'
Los Angeles: Music mogul Simon Cowell said he feels like a proud father when he sees former One Direction members making their mark in the industry.
The boyband was originally composed of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, and Zayn Malik.
The 57-year-old producer said he is closest to Tomlinson and was ecstatic when he finally released his solo record recently, reported Billboard.
"Actually, with all the boys, if I'm being honest with you. They've worked for this. But yeah, you do feel a little bit like a proud dad when you see all five of them doing well now..."
"Louis and I, you know, we've got this very close bond."
"When we heard about this current record, I remember calling him and going, 'Louis, this record is special' –and I could not be happier," Cowell said on 'America's Got Talent' red carpet.
The former 'American Idol' judge said he gave a detailed advice to Tomlinson, since he was the last to officially launch his solo career.