The X Factor boss revealed in a very honest interview that he was ‘thrown in jail’ when he was just 12-years-old for hijacking a bus with a fake gun.
“I shouldn’t even be saying this…” (ITV)
During a game of ‘true or false’, Alison quizzed him on whether the bizarre incident really happened, which is when Simon opened up about his chequered childhood.
‘It was a joke, I thought. I put a gun – I shouldn’t even be saying this – it was a pretend gun , and we said to the bus driver, “Take us to Watford!” He literally did not stop from Radcliffe to Watford,’ the music mogul said.
Simon’s memories of his eventful past came rushing back to him earlier this week when he visited the area with his X Factor group, Rak-Su.
‘I was there with Rak-Su the other day and I told them the story, “The last time I went to bloody Watford, I was thrown in jail”.’
In the candid interview, Simon also admitted that he ‘thought he was dead’ when he first woke up following THAT fall.
Speaking of the incident, which saw him slip down the stairs at night as he went to fetch some milk, Simon said: ‘It’s kind of embarrassing. I went down to get some milk, which isn’t very rock and roll, because I was feeling a little bit lightheaded.
‘I fell down the staircase, woke up, I thought I was dead first of all. I swear to god.
‘As I woke up one of the guys in the room with me, Ben, who’s worked with me for years, was the first face I saw and I thought, “This wasn’t my idea of heaven”. We both thought I’d broken my neck.’
At least you’re on the mend now, Simon.