Britain’s Got Talent has finished its audition stages and will enter into the live finals tonight. The show has seen a number of talented acts this year, with many praising it as one of the most interesting series yet. With the latest series, Simon Cowell seems to have softened his often harsh demeanour and has embraced a number of acts. This is a stark comparison to his early days with his bold and brash attitude, which has also played a part in his relationships.
According to Good Housekeeping, Simon Cowell once considered himself something of a ladies man.
Before he met his current wife Lauren Silverman, he dated English presenter Terri Seymour from 2002 to 2006, and makeup artist Mezhgan Hussainy from 2010 to 2011.
The America’s Got Talent judge described his past relationship with Ms Hussainy as “a big mistake”.
He also described himself as a “hopeless boyfriend”.
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Simon said his relationship with Mezhgan was defined by often blazing rows, as he said he would often infuriate women.
Talking of the relationship, he said: “I’m attracted to crazy women.
“I encourage crazy behaviour and I make them crazy.
“I’m attracted to certain personalities who are difficult to control.”
Simon Cowell with Mezhgan Hussainy
“So there are tantrums, tears and fights, which is all part of the drama.
“My life is really odd. Every girl wants to be number one and they’re very territorial.
“I like the fight because otherwise, I’d have a dull group of girlfriends.”
When he first met his current wife Lauren, she was married.
Simon Cowell said family changed him
The couple was embroiled in an affair during the early days of their relationship but was forced to reveal everything as Lauren fell pregnant.
Lauren’s husband filed for an at-fault divorce and cited adultery.
After his son Eric was born in 2014, Simon said he was no longer the same person.
Talking to the Daily Mail, he said: “People have asked me if I have changed since I have had Eric and of course you do, you can’t help it”.
Simon Cowell’s son Eric Cowell
“In a very positive way you start, particular now he’s four, looking at the world through his eyes as well, which is fun because we get to watch great movies together!”
Simon admitted to Entertainment tonight he was worried his son didn’t like him very much in the first few months of his birth.
He said: “During the first eight or nine months, I was thinking, ‘I don’t think he likes me very much.
“He does remind me of me when I was younger because he knows how to try it on and how to get away with things.”
Simon Cowell with his family
Daily Mail columnist Janet Street-Porter said the BGT star is not the first ”pushy parent”.
In her regular column she said: “He’s typical of many modern mums and dads who think only they (and not teachers) understand what their offspring need.
“Simon already takes Eric to the TV studios – is that the right environment for a child of five?
“At that age, kids soak up experiences. Eric should be playing with pals from all sorts of backgrounds, going to museums, exploring the countryside, not hanging out in dressing rooms.”
Simon told Us Weekly his son still doesn’t realise he is a celebrity.
He said: “He’s very funny. I was with him yesterday and he said, ‘Daddy, how come everybody smiles at you?’
And I went, ‘No, it’s you! They all know your name.’
“I said, ‘From the minute you were born, for some reason, everybody knew your first name.’
“He went, ‘Really?’ I said, ‘Yeah! They knew your name.’ So I said, ‘It’s you!'”
Simon Cowell has a net worth of £325 million
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Simon Cowell has an estimated net worth of £325 million.
The executive started out as a runner and went on to the EMI label to work in the mailroom.
He then went on to form Fanfare Records with Iain Burton, and the label saw its first major success in 1986 with the song “So Macho” by Sinitta.
Cheryl Cole said she would be willing to make a return to the X Factor
One of Simon Cowell’s ex-colleagues on the X-Factor has hinted she would be willing to make a return to the talent show.
While discussing the upcoming all-star X-Factor show, she said she “wouldn’t say no” to making a comeback.
Cheryl told Metro.co.uk: “I would have to go and talk to them properly and find out exactly what it is is about, I don’t know too much about it at the moment.
“I have a passion about music and people, so I did love my time on there and I wouldn’t say no if they asked me.”
Robbie Williams may return to the X Factor
Robbie Williams also surprised X-Factor fans, as he announced he would return.
The singer said he made the decision after Simon Cowell pleaded with him.
He said: “Yes he (Simon) did. We wanted to do it but we couldn’t make it work.
“Like I said it is just a pause. I miss Simon, he is incredibly charismatic and incredibly charming and I have learned an awful lot from him.”
Last year’s X-Factor judges
On his decision to depart from the X Factor beforehand, Robbie said: “We wanted it desperately to work with The X Factor but it couldn’t.
“It is to be continued because Simon and I are good friends, our family are friends and our kids hang out all of the time.
“It is a pause on the relationship and then it will carry on.
“This year I have to promo my album.”
X Factor may look very different in 2019
The X Factor returns once again this year at an unspecified date.
However, it has been confirmed the show will not be the same as its previous editions.
Simon Cowell initially planned two new formats of the show.
His idea was to have one celebrity and one ‘champions’ version – where former contestants compete against one another.
The X Factor 2019 return date remains uncertain
Simon Cowell told The Sun the dates are yet to be confirmed.
He said: “The time feels right, and it will be a huge change.
“We haven’t exactly confirmed the dates or the order of the shows, but essentially there are going to be two versions of X-Factor running this year.
“I think it’s going to be huge, it’s the best I’ve felt about this show in years.”
Gemma Collins was recently spotted at Simon Cowell’s London offices
There are already rumours developing as to who could take part in the celebrity rendition of the show.
Gemma Collins was recently spotted at Simon Cowell’s London offices.
She confirmed the meeting with a post to Instagram showing a lavish interior, which read: “London town MEETINGS.”
Nothing is confirmed, and there is no hint as to whether the Only Way is Essex star would be a judge or singer.
Simon Cowell’s X Factor 2019 lineup is mainly reality stars and TV presenters
One insider show insider said celebrities stand to win some serious money and a record deal.
They told The Sun: “Simon knows that getting the right stars to enter is the key to its success, so to make that more appealing he’s decided to put a proper record deal with Syco on the table for the winner — with serious money behind it.
“It’s a proper competition and they want people who can really sing but who are big personalities too.”
The current prospective line up mainly consists of reality stars and television presenters.
Brendan Cole is another possible X Factor contestant
Another rumoured appearance is Brendan Cole, who was last seen on Strictly Come Dancing in 2018.
His popularity means X Factor showrunners are keen to test his singing skills.
An insider said: “Brendan is a big character and the bosses are sure that he will be a big draw for their audience.
“His Strictly fans aside, they are expecting people to tune in to see how his singing compares to his dancing.”
Jenny Ryan is another rumoured addition to the show
The Chase fans may be surprised by another possible celebrity addition in Jenny Ryan.
Known as the ‘Vixen’ in the series, she has reportedly signed up for the series this year.
One insider told the Sun: “If people are surprised by the name, they’ll be even more taken aback by just how good Jenny’s voice is.
“She might just turn out to be the dark horse of Celebrity X Factor.”
Love Actually’s Olivia Olson may also appear in celebrity X Factor
X-Factor bosses are also keen to throw a film star into the mix, with Love Actually “All I Want for Christmas” singer Olivia Olson.
The insider continued: “Bosses wanted to vary the line-up with a mixture of celebrities and thought Olivia would be a great shout.
“They have been in talks with her and it’s looking likely she will sign up for the show.
“She has a fantastic voice and as soon as the clip from Love Actually is shown, people will instantly recognise her.”