Simon Cowell Admits One Direction Split Was 'World's Worst-Kept Secret'

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Simon Cowell, the MIPCOM Personality of the Year, during a Keynote at Mipcom 2014 on October 13, 2014 at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France.

Still reeling from One Direction's announcement that they are taking a break next year?

Well, Simon Cowell is sorry, but he tried very hard to make sure you weren't caught off guard. Calling it "the world's worst-kept secret," he told The Mirror, "I kind of hinted a few months ago they'd be having time off. We haven't had a conversation where anyone has said it is the end, but the conversations have been 'we're exhausted, can we have time off?'

Simon Cowell Thinks One Direction's Break Is 'A Healthy Thing'

"You saw in the film we made that they went out to get shoes and within seconds they were mobbed. You can't live your life like that forever."

While true, it doesn't make it hurt any less.