SIMON Cowell has showed the world his soft side after posting a sweet message to the One Direction lads on their tenth anniversary.
The music mogul rarely posts on social media – but took the opportunity to send the boyband a heartfelt handshake.
Simon Cowell made a rare appearance on Twitter last night to wish One Direction a happy 10-year anniversary.
The music supremo who put the boyband together on The X Factor a decade ago, wrote: “Today is a very special day. I was lucky enough to meet five guys. Who were so much fun.
“So talented. It feels like 10 minutes ago. And you made it happen.”
The lads thanked their fans in a tear-jerking video showing some of their greatest moments as they celebrated their ten year anniversary.
The band put together a five minute-long montage showing the group grow from a fresh-faced boyband to accomplished, chart-blazing, stadium-filling musicians.
All the lads tweeted bar Zayn, who took a break from the band before it split.
In scenes that are bound to make even the hardest of fans shed a tear or two, Niall, Harry, Liam, Zayn and Louis are seen laughing and joking during the boys’ glory years.
It’s been a decade since Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, 28, and Zayn Malik, 27, were formed on The X Factor.
And although they didn’t win – they came third behind Rebecca Ferguson and winner Matt Cardle – the band is undoubtedly the most successful act ever to come out of the show.
After becoming the biggest boyband on the planet, Zayn quit the group in 2015.
But in 2016 – with just four band members left after Zayn quit – One Direction revealed they would be going on a hiatus and the boys would be creating solo material.
Cowell previously commented on how he doesn’t have anything to do with their careers anymore.
He said: “I hear so many things now, which they’re doing, which I’m not involved with.
“It’s a bit like I’m getting the hint you don’t want me to come to the party. Sorry for making you famous…” Cowell added.
The band was formed on the X Factor on July 23, 2010.
Individually, the boys were almost sent home on the ITV talent show.
However, the judges decided that they were “too talented” to be leaving the competition, thus banding them together and beginning their One Direction journey.
Speaking exclusively to The Sun earlier this year, Liam, 26, revealed the boys were in talks of putting something special together for their decade anniversary.
“We’ve got a 10-year anniversary coming up so we’ve all been speaking together a lot over the last few weeks which has been really nice.
“There’s a number of different things that we are all working on to try and make happen and people are forwarding emails around,” he added.