Simon Cowell has admitted that he can’t see himself ever dating again as he opened up on changing his mind about marriage after falling in love with Lauren Silverman.
The music mogul, 62, said he decided to propose to his long-time girlfriend, 44, in January after feeling like they were already engaged while living together during lockdown.
He described the Covid-19 pandemic as a ‘make or break’ moment for relationships and said lockdown helped him and Lauren to grow closer and realise how much they get on.
Tying the knot: Simon Cowell (pictured on Friday) has admitted that he couldn’t see himself ever dating again as he discussed his upcoming wedding to Lauren Silverman
Committing: Simon, who has never been married, admitted that he can’t see himself dating ever again as he leaves his bachelor lifestyle behind to tie the knot with Lauren
Simon, who has never been married, admitted that he can’t see himself dating ever again as he leaves his bachelor lifestyle behind to tie the knot with Lauren.
He told The Sun: ‘I also just couldn’t see myself ever dating anyone again. The idea of going out on a first date now is too weird.’
Despite previously insisting that he ‘didn’t believe’ in marriage, the father-of-one has reassessed his views after falling in love with Lauren.
The Britain’s Got Talent judge revealed another reason he decided to propose was because he felt it was the right thing to do for their son Eric, eight.
Shooting: His comments come as he appeared to be in excellent spirits as he stepped out to film America’s Got Talent at the show’s studios in Pasadena, California, on Friday
Good form: The entrepreneur showed off his svelte physique in some loose-fitting grey PJ-style sweatpants with a matching T-shirt
‘For Eric, as he gets older, he will be asked more and more about his parents, and I thought it was the right thing to do for him,’ he added.
American socialite Lauren also has son Adam, 16, from her previous relationship with businessman Andrew Silverman.
Simon’s comments come as he appeared to be in excellent spirits as he stepped out to film America’s Got Talent at the show’s studios in Pasadena, California, on Friday.
The entrepreneur showed off his svelte physique in some loose-fitting grey PJ-style sweatpants with a matching T-shirt and was still wearing his wrist brace after breaking his arm in a bike crash two months ago.
Showing his love for comfort, it was the third time that the media mogul stepped out in the outfit in one week, having worn it on Thursday and at auditions on Saturday.
Accident: Simon, who wore the same outfit for the third time in one week, received a prayer from a passerby while he still wore his wrist brace after his bike crash
Family: Elsewhere in the interview, the Britain’s Got Talent judge revealed one reason he decided to propose was because he felt it was the right thing to do for their son Eric, eight
He shielded his eyes from the bright sunshine by sporting a pair of aviator shades while he clutched his iPad in one hand.
Simon, who recently lost 20lbs, appeared to be on good form as he flashed a huge grin while arriving at the studios and received a prayer from a passerby.
Elsewhere in his interview with The Sun, Simon said he always admired his parents’ ‘amazing’ marriage because they were also best friends, as he gushed that he and Lauren always have fun together and make each other laugh.
Speaking about the moment he asked Lauren to marry him, Simon admitted he is not romantic and he didn’t even get down on one knee.
Simon popped the question on the couple’s Barbados getaway over the new year in front of their son Eric and Lauren’s son Adam.
Secret: The record executive said he has taken the reigns on wedding planning and revealed the date will be a surprise for everyone – including his fiancée (pictured in 2019)
But he said he wasn’t nervous as he had no doubt that she was going to say yes, explaining they had already discussed the type of ring she wanted.
The record executive said he has taken the reigns on wedding planning and revealed the date will be a surprise for everyone – including his fiancée.
Expressing his desire for a small wedding, he added: ‘I am planning it all, otherwise I know what will happen – there will be 600 people and it’ll get out of control, like my 50th birthday party.’
Simon has changed his views after previously stating that he ‘didn’t believe in marriage’ and saying he worried about what would happen to his fortune if he tied the knot.
The X Factor creator – who has a net worth of approximately $600million – said in 2008: ‘I don’t believe in marriage, certainly not in this business.
Romance: Despite previously insisting that he ‘didn’t believe’ in marriage, the father-of-one reassessed his views after falling in love with Lauren
‘The truth is that you get married and in a year or two they clean you out! It’s just not going to work.’
After he popped the question to Lauren, his fellow Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden admitted she was stunned by the proposal, explaining Simon had always said he would never get married.
She said: ‘I have to say, I’m probably as shocked as Lauren!…
‘Simon said he would never get married, and obviously Lauren has been by his side and you now they’ve been through so much together, and I think she’s the one, but I don’t know if she ever thought he would put a ring on it!’
Simon met Lauren when she was still married to millionaire property developer Andrew Silverman.
Proposal: Simon popped the question on the couple’s Barbados getaway over the new year in front of their son Eric and Lauren’s son Adam, 16 (all pictured in August 2018)
Their affair became public and Simon’s life changed at the end of July 2013 when news broke of Lauren’s pregnancy.
In 2015, Simon told Mail on Sunday Event magazine: ‘I’m not proud of the circumstances, I can’t hold my head up about it.’
And of the pregnancy, he admitted: ‘This was not something I planned. But I remember going to the first scan with Lauren.
‘I called him Tad because he looked like a tadpole. Something just kicked in. I felt unbelievably protective of both of them. I just absolutely wanted him. I just hadn’t known that before.’
Shock: His fellow Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden admitted that she was stunned by the proposal, explaining that Simon always said he would never get married
He has previously confessed he’s so close to his son that he and Lauren struggle to plan date nights away from him, but in some cases they do ‘occasionally make it out alone’.
The father-of-one has previously enjoyed high profile relationships with the likes of Sinitta, Jackie St. Clair and Terri Seymour.
He was rumoured to have been secretly engaged to Page Three girl Louise Payne, after she split from husband and Right Said Fred star Fred Fairbrass, yet never confirmed the reports.
The pair met at a function in London in in 1995 yet split three years later.
Simon recently said his romance with Lauren is ‘still alive’ having realised they still ‘enjoy each other’s company’ after months of being holed up together during the Covid lockdown.
Affair: Simon met Lauren when she was still married to millionaire property developer Andrew Silverman and news broke of Lauren’s pregnancy in July 2013
Speaking to OK! in November after hosting his annual Together For Short Lives charity ball, Simon gushed that his romance with Lauren was still going strong, after their cosy appearance on the red carpet.
Asked whether their relationship was still alive, he said: ‘I guess so! Covid-19 was the real test. Like everyone, we were in lockdown for a long time and that’s when you realise whether or not you actually enjoy each other’s company or not.
‘And we really really did. So to answer your question… yes, the romance is still alive. We’re closer than ever.’
Lauren took on a big role caring for Simon when he was left bedridden for months after a devastating electric bike accident at his Malibu home in August 2020.
Exes: Simon previously enjoyed high profile relationships with the likes of Sinitta (pictured in 2006) Jackie St. Clair and Terri Seymour and has remained close friends with his former flames
The record executive now walks for several hours a day and holds business meetings at 9am so that he no longer lives like a ‘vampire’.
Of his new fitness regime, a source told MailOnline: ‘Simon said how he hasn’t worn trainers as much as this in 20 years. He feels fitter than ever before and is keeping to a normal routine rather than being on the phone until into the early hours of the morning.’
Simon told Extra in February of the horror bike incident: ‘I nearly smashed my spine to pieces!’
The X Factor boss also admitted he ‘couldn’t have got through’ it without his girlfriend Lauren and son Eric, who sweetly called him ‘iron man’ when he first saw him with metal rods and screws in his back following surgery.