On Monday April 5, twin musicians John and Edward Grimes, known as pop duo Jedward, spoke out against The X Factor UK, Simon Cowell, and the music industry as a whole, in a scathing tirade on Twitter.
The brothers – who rose to fame on the reality show in 2009 – attacked the “corrupt” music industry and the direction they received as well as other X Factor groups such as One Direction and Little. Mix, claiming they were all “slaves” and getting paid. zero.”
On their joint Twitter account, Jedward wrote: “The biggest regret in life has been not telling the judges on Xfactor to fk off.”
“There’s a reason Syco is called Psycho! 1D and Little Mix are legally screwed into contracts and can never express themselves that way we are! They wrote, referring to Cowell’s label and entertainment company Syco.
“Simon Cowell thinks he is the mafia leader in the music industry when in reality he is just a bad facelift,” they added.
Jedward claims to have a copy of the One Direction contract, claiming it was sent to them in error because they were under the same label, management, security and accounting team.
According to the duo, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik and Harry Styles are “survivors” as the contract they accidentally received from Modest Management, the team that handled several Syco artists such as Little Mix and X Factor alum Olly Murs, “has dictated every shift from relationships to how they live their own lives.”
“Publishing contracts legally online is going to end up in court, but we’ve known about the situation for many years! Niall! Liam! Louis! Zayn! Harry! You are survivors, ”they shared.
Jedward added that they were putting themselves “in a very dangerous position” when speaking out, but that “the victims of the music industry need to be heard.”
Neither Simon Cowell nor The X Factor UK / ITV responded to Jedward’s allegations.