It seems the gloves are off for Westlife and Simon Cowell. The Irish heartthrobs have claimed that they left Simon Cowell's record label after feeling "unloved" by the media mogul. The 'Beautiful World' singers, who announced their split last month, defected from Simon’s Syco to rivals Sony RCA in March. Speaking to The Mirror, the boyband argued that Simon had become more concerned with his own celebrity status than their career. "Leaving Syco was us trying to patch up cracks. We felt unloved because we were making albums with that particular label and we were having to make our own decisions," Nicky Byrne commented.