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Did Simon Cowell throw shade at Niall Horan's chart position?!

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Wow! It looks like Simon Cowell STILL has that chip on his shoulder about the One Direction lads' solo careers!

Simon was upset that the lads had decided to sign up with rival record labels despite spending years with his 'SyCo' whilst in One Direction... apart from Harry Styles, who remained with Sony!

He's remained pretty quiet since Niall Horan revealed his debut solo single 'This Town' the other week... until NOW!

Niall's single entered the Big Top 40 at number 4... but Simon thinks it could have been higher!

Speaking after the X Factor shows this weekend, Simon took the opportunity to throw some shade over Niall's direction (Pun INTENDED)... whilst also praising his 'comeback kid' James Arthur!

"Niall probably would have had a No.1 single if he'd stayed with me,"

He went on to say, 

"But you know who does have the top spot this week? James Arthur.

He added: "I'm pleased he's back with us with a fantastic record. Hashtag loyalty."

OUCH!

Simon certainly has the right to gloat a little bit... but saying 'hashtag'?!

Kinda CRINGE!

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