Little Mix’s Simon Cowell line saw Rak-Su ‘caught in the crossfire’, says Myles Stephenson

Rak-Su’s Myles Stephenson said his band was “caught in the crossfire” during Little Mix’s falling out with Simon Cowell and his entertainment company, Syco.

The group signed with Syco after winning The X Factor in 2017, while small mixture won six years ago.

After seven years at Syco, the all-female group made the decision to leave Syco halfway through working on one of their albums and moved to RCA Records, another Sony Entertainment subsidiary, instead.

The move came after an alleged fallout with Simon – something that Jade Thrilwall later said “fucked them”.

At the time of the falling out, Rak-Su was under the same management as Little Mix, and Myles has now claimed the band – consisting of him, Ashley Fongho, Jamaal Shurland and Mustafa Rahimtulla – were “caught in the crossfire”.

Rak-Su is composed of Mustafa Rahimtulla, Myles Stephenson, Ashley Fongho and Jamaal Shurland

Myles said exclusively OKAY!“Obviously we were initially with Syco, and they got into a fight with Little Mix, right? And we got caught in the crossfire because we were under the same management as Little Mix. Then we signed with RCA afterwards and it just didn’t work out.

He further explained, “Syco had overspent on our record deal, so there wasn’t a lot of money in the pot for RCA to do what they wanted to do. So both ourselves and the management came to the conclusion that we wanted to separate each other instead of getting fired.”

“The numbers were there, but it was really just a matter of funds and now we have the freedom to do what we want to do and publish what we want to publish – we’ve kind of brought things back the way we were before X Factor when we were totally independent,” Myles continued.

Little Mix left SyCo in 2018 ahead of Jesy Nelson's decision to leave the band
Little Mix left SyCo in 2018 ahead of Jesy Nelson’s decision to leave the band

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The band have now been independent for over two years and have continued to release music – most recently a track called Just A Friend with DJ AJ Moreno.

“Although we’re not where we wanted to be and where we were predicted we would be in our careers – obviously for matters beyond our control – we still make music on a daily basis and we’ve done two headlines theater tours in two years across the UK and Ireland,” Myles told us.

“So we have the privilege of still being able to make music and do everything ourselves. We are completely independent.

At the time of the reported fallout, a spokesperson for Simon told The Sun: “Syco Music will no longer be working with Modest Management and therefore no artists signed with this management company.

Myles said he group are "privileged" make music again
Myles said the band were “privileged” to continue making music

“We, of course, wish all artists affected by this decision future success. Therefore, LM5, Little Mix A&R’d’s forthcoming album to be released on Syco Music, is to be supported by RCA at the request of Syco and Simon Cowell.

The X Factor was axed in 2021 after 17 years on our screens, but it looks like Simon is still hoping for the show to make a comeback if it goes “back to basics.”

“When we started the show, it was very simple with unique elements. I would say you can’t do a better music show than that,” he previously explained to The Sun.

“I do have an expression though – if you’re going to a party, get an invite. You want to feel people are excited about The X Factor coming back.”

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Elizabeth J. Harless