Inside Simon Cowell's incredible transformation over the years as fans brand him 'unrecognisable'

Simon Cowell is known for his simplistic style, harsh comments and more recently his ever changing look.

The music tycoon has been in the music industry for almost 30 years and is known as a bit of a TV villain.

His look has changed quite a lot over the years, from his style, his physique, teeth and even his face.

He's always admitted to having a few 'tweakments' here and there but says looking after his skin. He said: "For me now, it’s all about having clean skin. If you have clean skin, you look better. But you have to be very careful with some of this stuff.”

We take a look inside Simon's transformation over the years...

Wardrobe staples

During his Pop Idol days, Simon was well known for his black t-shirt, high waisted black trousers and Cuban heels.

In later years, Simon seemed to be opting more for plain white shirts and denim jeans for a more relaxed look.

In recent years he's made sunglasses an accessory even in doors and was spotted on the last ever episode of Saturday Night Takeaway sporting a pair of orange shades.

However, recently he's been wearing his signature black tee again as he was spotted with his fellow judges doing press for the new series of BGT.

Simon Cowell details BGT U-turn as show almost axed days before filming
Simon Cowell, Neil Fox, Pete Waterman and Nicki Chapman on Pop Idol in the early 2000s

Weight loss

The 64-year-old dropped four stones in the last few years and opened up about his weight loss when he appeared on Ellen DeGeneres' show in 2019. Simon said that he decided to make a major change to his diet after his doctor had given him a serious wake-up call, telling him he had "the worst diet" they'd ever seen. Simon then decided to ditch his unhealthy habits such as smoking, drinking alcohol or eating badly.

The TV judge then really notice a big difference after ditching dairy, sugar, gluten and red meat from his meals however, he still enjoys a beer now and again.

Simon Cowell lost a whopping four stone in just four years
Simon Cowell details BGT U-turn as show almost axed days before filming -Credit:David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock

In a recent interview with The Sun, Simon shared that he now eats "loads" of veggies and has been cooking more at home. He said: "If you're on a diet you have to keep the food sensible, but it's got to be interesting and tasty, then the diet's surprisingly easy."

Simon also likes to keep fit by cycling, walking and weight lifting.

Sparking concern

Last year, at the Royal Albert Hall Simon took to the stage to introduce Britain's Got Talent 2023 winner Viggo Venn.

However, viewers at home were worried about Simon saying he looked "very thin" and expressed their concerns.

Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell lost a whopping four stone in just four years -Credit:Getty Images

One person wrote: "Is it me, or does Simon Cowell look like a ventriloquist doll?," as another said: "Simon Cowell looked very thin."

A third wrote: "Oh wow Simon Cowell has turned into George Michael," with another echoing: "Simon Cowell with his best George Michael impression."

Surgery rumours

The rumour mill had been turning that Simon had gone under the knife and had a facelift, however, he denied it.

During the last series of the talent show, Ant and Dec poked fun at him and the rumours surrounding him having surgery.

Speaking to the audience, Dec said: “We have a new face joining the judging panel.” To which co-host Ant quipped in reply: “What? Simon has a new face?”

Speaking to The Mirror about the pair's cheeky jibe, Cowell laughed off the claims and denied going under the knife for any serious cosmetic work, but did admit that he has had some botox.

He said: "I think it's hysterical. I mean, it just makes me laugh. I haven't had a facelift or anything. I've had a bit of Botox or whatever, but nothing drastic. So when I hear about this stuff, honestly it does make me laugh."

Simon previously revealed that his biggest critic is in fact himself and he vowed to never have Botox again.

He told The Sun: "There was a stage where I might have gone a bit too far. I saw a picture of me from ‘before’ the other day, and didn’t recognise it as me first of all. Eric (his son) was in hysterics. Enough was enough. There is no filler in my face at all now. Zero."

He never admitted to going under the knife but said as far back as 2008 that having Botox was as commonplace as brushing his teeth. Simon explained to Glamour: “To me, Botox is no more unusual than toothpaste. It works, you do it once a year – who cares?”

In 2018, Simon revealed he had a £2,000 treatment, dubbed a 21st-century facelift. He got a Silhouette Soft Lift, which involves sewing bioplastic-infused thread into the face and neck and tugging it to get rid of sagging skin.

Dazzling smile

Part of the Simon Cowell look was dazzling white gnashers. The music mogul had a new set of veneers in 2020 after being poked fun of for his ultra-white grin the year before.

Simon Cowell has been open about his plastic surgery over the years
Simon Cowell distracted Royal Variety Performance viewers with his bold fashion choice. -Credit:ITV

He posted a photo from the dentist's studio in October 2020 as he proudly showed off his toned-down teeth as he grinned for fans.

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