Simon Cowell says he 'couldn’t see myself dating again' as he prepares to marry
Simon Cowell has confessed to being bored of his infamous bachelor lifestyle as he prepares to tie the knot with long-term girlfriend Lauren Silverman.
The 62-year-old TV and music mogul told The Sun he was inspired to pop the question after enjoying spending extra time with his 43-year-old partner during lockdown.
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Cowell said he "couldn’t see myself ever dating anyone again" and decided to get married, despite previously criticising the concept.
He added: "My mum and dad had an amazing marriage and I used to call them best friends, and I think that’s a big part of it.
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"You’ve got to like each other, not just love each other. We like the same things, we laugh a lot, we always have stuff to say to each other.
"Look, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. So for all those different reasons, it just felt like the right thing to do."
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Cowell also noted that his eight-year-old son Eric "will be asked more and more about his parents" as he gets older.
He added that he's taking control of planning the day himself as he fears "it’ll get out of control, like my 50th birthday party" if he doesn't keep a firm hand on the tiller.
Cowell is set to return to TV screens very soon for the 15th series of Britain's Got Talent, marking the show's return after a pandemic-induced hiatus in 2021.
He said that the show "felt new again" after the break and dismissed claims he could retire from his role in front of the camera.
"As long as you’re fit, your brain is still good, it’s not boring and you’ve still got good ideas, why retire? If I am going to drop dead, I’d like to do it on stage," said the star.
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Cowell revealed he only recently put together a will, in the wake of the serious electric bike accident in 2020 which left him with a broken back.
The document leaves a substantial amount to various animal charities, including Dogs Trust and Battersea Dogs Home.
Cowell will be joined on the latest series of Britain's Got Talent by hosts Ant and Dec, as well as judges Amanda Holden, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon.
After numerous changes in its early series, the panel has been set in its current form since the sixth series of the show in 2012.
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The most recent Britain's Got Talent series was won by comedy pianist Jon Courtenay ahead of sign language choir Sign Along With Us.
Britain's Got Talent returns to screens on 16 April with the first set of auditions.
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