Louis Tomlinson told off by Simon Cowell for drinking

He seems to have formed a close relationship with the music mogul over the years. 

But Louis Tomlinson, 25, has confessed that he once received a scolding from boss Simon Cowell, after getting drunk before heading on stage with One Direction for one of their first gigs. 

The singer was flown out to Los Angeles via business class and put up in the swanky Four Seasons hotel by his boss - only to then receive a 'dressing down' for his alcohol-fuelled antics and be told Simon was left 'disappointed' with him. 

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Oops: Louis Tomlinson, 25,  has confessed that he once received a scolding from boss Simon Cowell, after getting drunk before heading on stage with One Direction

Oops: Louis Tomlinson, 25,  has confessed that he once received a scolding from boss Simon Cowell, after getting drunk before heading on stage with One Direction

Louis recalled the awkward moment between himself and the X Factor judge during an interview with Matt Edmondson on BBC Radio 1 while promoting his new solo single Back To You. 

The former boyband star had become a global success in his teenage years, as he became one fifth of One Direction after auditioning for The X Factor back in 2010. 

At the time, Louis had just turned 18 years old and confessed that he had 'just started drinking' and before one gig with the band, he had decided to drink a few beers to calm his nerves. 

Word, however, got back to Simon after he ended up being 'really, really drunk' on stage and he found himself booked onto a flight the next morning to be scolded by the Syco boss. 

Awkward: The singer was flown out to Los Angeles via business class and put up in the swanky Four Seasons hotel by his boss - only to then receive a 'dressing down' for his alcohol-fuelled antics and be told Simon was left 'disappointed' with him

Louis claimed: 'It certainly felt like the scary Simon you see on TV! I landed at Simon's and he gave me a little dressing down'

Louis claimed: 'It certainly felt like the scary Simon you see on TV! I landed at Simon's and he gave me a little dressing down'

Louis explained: 'I thought well I'll just have a couple of beers and I ended up being really, really drunk on this show - one of the first things [One Direction] did. 

'I woke up to a text to find out that I was going to LA the next morning - flown out. I was sat on the plane thinking, "What is coming next?" I landed at Simon's and he gave me a little dressing down.'

'It was positive,' Louis added. 'But it certainly felt like the scary Simon you see on TV!'

Louis revealed that he was given the VIP treatment during his telling off visit, as Simon had flown him out to Los Angeles via business class and booked him into the Four Seasons during his stay. 

Revealing what Simon was like while reprimanding him, Louis said: 'It was that disappointed vibe... very calm.' 

Past: Louis had auditioned for The X Factor back in 2010 as a solo artist, before being put together by the judges to form One Direction, alongside Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik

Past: Louis had auditioned for The X Factor back in 2010 as a solo artist, before being put together by the judges to form One Direction, alongside Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik

X Factor success: The boys went on to become a global phenomenon, but announced their hiatus back in 2015, just months after Zayn decided to quit the band

X Factor success: The boys went on to become a global phenomenon, but announced their hiatus back in 2015, just months

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