Even though Zayn Malik‘s reps denied that he left One Direction‘s record label, Syco, Simon Cowell says that the Bradford Bad Boy has actually been dropped! But don’t worry, he’s signed to another imprint within their parent company, Sony.

“Well, because it was his decision to leave the group and we hadn’t asked him to do it, I felt my main responsibility was to the band. They didn’t ask for it to happen either and I did sign One Direction as a group,” Simon said.

“But luckily within Sony there are a lot of labels who are really good. I had a feeling there was one particular label who would love to have him and they did. It also means no one has any nerves about whether we’re working harder on them or him.”

We’re glad that the X Factor judge was able to find a good fit for the former 1D guy. Even though Zayn is no longer with the band, he’s still a part of the family — and fans want to make sure he’s well taken care of.