Simon Cowell in plea to the One Direction faithful after drugs film
X Factor supremo Simon Cowell says he hopes One Direction fans stay "loyal" to the boyband after they were caught up in a drugs scandal.
Footage published online, which appeared to have been filmed by Louis Tomlinson during their tour in Peru, seemed to show him smoking cannabis with bandmate Zayn Malik.
Cowell said: "What I can say is, I've worked with the boys for a long time. They are the hardest working boys I've ever worked with, they still haven't changed, they're really respectful to their fans, they're hard working, they're a great British export, but that's all I can really say."
Asked if their fans would support them, he said: "I hope the fans stay loyal but that's all I can really say."