“This story was totally made up. It’s completely untrue, and no such conversation has ever happened,” a spokesperson for Syco, Simon Cowell‘s label, to which the girl group is signed, tells PEOPLE exclusively.
Malik, 22, left One Direction after five years in the band, dropping the news March 25. According to the U.K.’s Daily Mirror, Malik had planned to spend his newfound free time with Edwards, 21, on her girl group’s world tour before label execs reportedly “laid down” the law, telling Malik, “You cannot follow Perrie around like a puppy.”
A spokesperson for Malik also dismisses the rumors, exclusively telling PEOPLE the story was “an absolute fabrication” and “not true at all.”
Whether or not the former boy bander will log in some hours with Edwards on the road is up in the air, but the pair did spend some quality time together last week: on Wednesday, Edwards posted a PDA-filled pic of the couple while on vacation.
Back in the U.K., Malik has been lying low and was photographed at the studio of friend and British record producer Naughty Boy. (The two recorded music together during Malik’s One Direction days.)