He may be a member of the biggest pop band on the planet right now, but Niall Horan still takes orders from Simon Cowell.
The Irish singer was planning to dye his trademark blonde hair black, but the X Factor boss has stamped out those plans, insisting that the move would harm Horan’s image.
“Niall was desperate to get rid of his blond locks and go black just for an experiment, like loads of normal teens,” a source told UK tabloid the Sun.
“Luckily, he had the sense to ask Simon first because he knows how he works. He put in a text to him asking if he could change his hair colour.
“Simon was straight back on to him with a short reply, 'No way'.”
The move shows that Cowell is still very much in charge of the five-member group.
"Simon still controls a lot about the band down to the finest detail," the source added.
One Direction was in New Zealand last week, performing sell-out concerts in Auckland and Wellington.