One Direction stood their ground for debut single

One Direction have claimed that they "stood up" to record label boss Simon Cowell about their first single.

The music mogul suggested tunes for their debut single but Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles had ideas of their own.

The lads felt that Cowell wanted them to sing songs which they felt were too old for them.

Styles told the Daily Mirror: "Some of the lyrics were about 40-year-old men pouring their hearts out."

Louis added that he thinks Simon likes them being honest and prefers them not to say `yes' all the time.

He said: "We said `no' to Simon over at least one song. But he'd much prefer us to be honest.

"Despite what people think, he doesn't want to be surrounded by lots of `yes' men.

"We get quite a lot of freedom and a say in what we do. Once we found our sound, we told Simon we wanted to keep it really young."

"Simon wants us to put a stamp on our music in our own way, so he appreciates our input."

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