Just one day after the musical duo Jedward slammed One Direction‘s old management team — Modest Management — and called the members of the boy band “survivors” for what they endured while being signed to the company, Louis Tomlinson has allegedly responded to their claims.

First Off, Who is Jedward?

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For those who don’t know, Jedward is a group made up of brothers John and Edward Grimes. They appeared on the sixth season of The X Factor, and after coming in sixth place on the singing competition series, they were signed by Modest Management. But after an “amicable agreement,” they cut ties with the company. They went on to drop four albums, release their own documentary and so much more — making them the fifth most financially successful former X Factor UK contestants.

As for One Direction, they were on The X Factor in 2010, and that’s actually where the band was formed. Yep, Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik all auditioned as solo artists on the show, but Simon Cowell decided to put them together to form 1D. They came in third place and then they too were managed by Modest. Plus, they also signed with Cowell’s record label, Syco. They went on to become one of the biggest boybands in the world — breaking numerous records, selling out so many world tours, slaying the charts with their songs and so more.

What Has Jedward Said About Modest Management?

Now, Jedward has given some insight into their own experience on The X Factor and with Modest Management.

“The biggest regret in life was not telling the judges on X Factor to f**k off,” they wrote. “Every contestant on The X Factor was a slave to the show and got paid zero while they made millions! The fact that every contestant has to act like their judge mentors them! When in reality all they care about is their pay check! Simon Cowell thinks he’s the Mafia leader of the music industry when in reality he’s nothing but a bad facelift.”

As fans know, Little Mix also appeared on the show and signed with Modest Management, and Jedward claimed that the management team dictated 1D and Little Mix’s “every move.”

“There’s a reason Syco is called ‘Psycho!’ 1D and Little Mix are legally f**ked in contracts and can never speak out so we are!” the duo continued during the explosive Twitter rant. “There’s nothing MODEST about their previous management dictating their every move from relationships to how they live their own lives! Justice for 1D and Little Mix.”

Jedward even claimed that they got a glimpse at the contract 1D had signed with Modest. The singers added that they were speaking out about it because they wanted to give insight into “how corrupt the music industry is” and that they were “sending” courage and strength to all artists being f**ked over.”

“We have 1D’s contract which was sent to use by mistake [because] we had the same label! Same management! Same security and accountants!” they explained. “Legally posting contracts online is gonna end up in court but we’ve known for many years the situation! Niall! Liam! Louis! Zayn! Harry! You’re survivors. This isn’t our story to tell! It’s an insight of how corrupt the music industry is! We’re sending courage and strength to all artists being f**ked over! It ends now. It shouldn’t be normal that all artists have to face the emotional and legal battles when all they wanted to do is sing!”

Jedward claimed that speaking out about the situation was putting them in a “very dangerous position.” They also opened up about the negative impacts of fame, adding that eating disorders and depression “are very common in the music industry.”

“Facts are facts we’re putting ourselves in a very dangerous position speaking out! Victims in the music industry need to be heard! Fans have known for years!” they added. “Artists are on the brink of collapse at the end of touring and having to act like everything is OK! Humans can’t be owned, artists shouldn’t be owned! Eating disorders and depression are very common in the music industry and it’s [because] nobody cares about the artist’s mental health! Only the money! When artists ask too much questions they’re a threat and are blacklisted and not given the Radio/PR cuz they want them to fail to make way for new naive dreamers to f**k over. The amount of cover up stories and media that are hired to destroy an artist’s self worth! They never want the power to be in their hands! Security hired to watch and report back to management like baby sitters taking away artists Freedom to grow! We’ve heard all kinds of stories in LA… People don’t just over dose most of the time it’s a set up they’re put in bath/bed and left there till the emergency services are called! They always isolate artists from their families and make them dependent on fake industry friends who don’t have their back! Interview Questions are screened beforehand by management to control the narrative! If artists go off the script there’s consequences! most interview final edits are approved by label before being published! Non-Disclosure Agreements NDA’s are very prevalent in the music industry! Resulting in no one talking about the abuse/stuff that happens!”

They concluded, “Just here casually waiting for the Lawyers to come threatening us! Good Luck from the whole fandom. Justice is gonna be served! You can’t silence the truth! Nobody can drag me down!”

What Did Louis Tomlinson Say About It?

According to the musicians, Tomlinson responded to their tweets by sending them a private message.

“You guys have lost the plot hahahahaha you must be high,” he allegedly DMed them, according to a screenshot that they posted. They responded, “Louis we are all good. Gonna slay these c**ts.”

It’s unclear whether or not the screenshot is real, but some fans are convinced that it’s edited and that Tomlinson didn’t really send them a message. He did, however, unfollow Jedward after their rant.

Has One Direction Ever Addressed In The Past?

Back in May 2020, Horan slammed rumors that he was treated unfairly by Modest Management. At the time, a video started to circulate online, and in it, it looked like he was tearing up on stage. Fans claimed that he was crying because Modest had turned his microphone off, but Horan said that wasn’t the case at all.

“I’m not even crying,” he replied to the video. “Turning off mics? Ya joking? Hahaha. The stuff I read on here hahaha. Ever hear of a technical issue?”

“Really though, you wouldn’t still be with Modest if they treated you ‘badly,’” one fan replied to the “Heartbreak Weather” crooner, to which he answered, “Exactly.”

Although he didn’t say anything about Modest directly, Payne did call his time in the band “toxic.”

“When you’re doing hundreds and hundreds of [concerts] and it’s the same 22 songs at the same time every single day, even if you’re not happy, you’ve got to go out there,” he told Mens Health Magazine in July 2019. “It’s almost like putting the Disney costume on before you step up on stage and underneath the Disney costume I was pissed quite a lot of the time because there was no other way to get your head around what was going on. I mean, it was fun. We had an absolute blast but there were certain parts of it where it just got a little bit toxic.”

And in another interview., the star admitted that he faced a bunch of “erratic highs and lows” during his time in the band, which made things a “bit dark” for him.

“It was very touch and go at times. It was a point where every day, you didn’t know whether it was going to be the end. It was so touch and go, at every single show. I was slowly losing the plot,” he shared. “I was like: ‘I don’t really know how to deal with this.’ Once you start, you can’t really press the stop button.”

Have Any Other Artists Slammed Modest Management?

Back in 2012, singer Rebecca Ferguson (who was also previously signed to Modest) didn’t have the nicest things to say about them. She claimed via Twitter that they “watched her collapse” and forced her to do an interview anyway.

“Resorting to stalking my Twitter… The same people that watched me collapse and gave me a can of Coke and said now go do your interview,” she wrote in the now-deleted posts. “The same people that worked me so much I collapsed and had to say stop! I need to see my children you need to give me time off vile! Was so exhausted I couldn’t physically walk on my own but was still told I had to work! ‪#Vile‬. Be nice to have a nice new responsible caring management team! Who care for me and my children’s well being. ‪#Seeyouincourt‬!”

Modest ended up suing the singer for “unlawfully ending her contract.” According to reports, they “settled their outstanding legal disputes” out of court in the end, but “terms of the deal have remained secret.”

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