LOVES AND HATES SI­MON COW­ELL

MU­SIC MOGUL SI­MON COW­ELL, 57, RE­TURNS TO TV ON THE LAT­EST The X Fac­tor. HE LIVES IN LON­DON AND LA WITH PART­NER LAU­REN AND SON, ERIC, AGED THREE

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ON THE NEW SE­RIES OF The X Fac­tor…

I DON’T THINK FOR THE MO­MENT WE’D WANT TO MAKE ANY CHANGES – IT WORKED LAST YEAR. THERE’S AL­WAYS ROOM TO COME UP WITH NEW IDEAS FOR SHOWS, BUT YOU’VE GOT TO LOOK AT THE WHOLE LAND­SCAPE.

ON BE­ING A TOUGH CRITIC… IF I COME OVER AS HARSH AT TIMES, IT’S ONLY BE­CAUSE I’M BE­ING REAL. WHEN SOME­ONE IS TO­TALLY USE­LESS AND THEY’RE 16 OR 17 AND THEY SAY, “I’M GO­ING TO GET A RECORD­ING DEAL IN THREE YEARS’ TIME,” I GO, “YOU’RE NOT. THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS.”

ON PLAN B… I WAS AN ES­TATE AGENT FOR EIGHT MONTHS AND IT WAS THE MOST MISERABLE TIME OF MY LIFE. I WORKED FOR THIS RE­ALLY SNOTTY COM­PANY WHO HATED ME AND I HATED THEM. LUCK­ILY, I WAS OF­FERED A JOB BACK AT EMI

(THE MU­SIC PUB­LISH­ING COM­PANY).

ON FA­THER­HOOD… IT GIVES YOU SUCH A DIF­FER­ENT PER­SPEC­TIVE ON LIFE. THINGS THAT I THOUGHT WERE IM­POR­TANT, JUST AREN’T. BE­CAUSE I SEE A LOT OF THINGS THROUGH ERIC’S EYES NOW, I FIND EV­ERY­THING TO BE A HAP­PIER PLACE.

ON LOS­ING HIS MUM TO A STROKE IN 2015… I FOUND IT DIF­FI­CULT WHEN SOME­THING IS RE­ALLY AF­FECT­ING YOUR LIFE AND YOU ARE ON A TV SHOW AND YOU’RE TRY­ING TO BE HAPPY. IT TOOK ME A YEAR TO COME OUT OF IT. WE’VE ALL BEEN THERE. I AM NOT SAY­ING I’M THE ONLY PER­SON IT’S EVER HAP­PENED TO, BUT IT HIT ME HARD.

THE X FAC­TOR re­turns to ITV this Au­gust.

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