FORMER One Direction star Zayn Malik has been banned from following his fiancee around the world.
Chiefs at Syco and Columbia Records have laid down the law to the 22-year-old over concerns his newly found free time will see him pushing to travel with Perrie Edwards and be by her side.
Management, including Simon Cowell, are fine with their relationship but refuse to have it impact the success of the girls by distracting the 21-year-old from her work commitments and causing band tension.
Label bosses still have a hold over Zayn as they own the rights to his solo music.
They just cleared Perrieâ€™s schedule to let her travel away on holiday with the newly solo singer.
A LA source close to the band said: â€œThe law has been laid down to Zayn – you cannot follow Perrie around like a puppy dog.
â€œSenior figures are worried that with Zayn being so lost and confused after his One Direction split, he will just want to hang out with Perrie to make him happy.
â€œOne aspect is that he is desperate to show her that their relationship and real and things are back on track despite accusations he cheated on her while in Thailand.
â€œFor Little Mix the next year is vital in terms of their progression. They will tour a new record and promote themselves. They have achieved a strong base following, but they need to convert that into becoming better known.
â€œHaving distractions is not what they need. Perrie already faces dozens of media questions about Zayn, when the focus should be on their music.â€
The source added: â€œThis is not a case of asking Zayn, it is telling him.â€
Last week the couple went on holiday and shared snaps from their European getaway, seemingly brushing off rumours the 22-year-old was unfaithful. – Mirror