Simon Cowell Quotes

The love I have for my ex-girlfriends will always be there, so I think that’s true love. People confuse ego, lust, insecurity with true love. But for me, whether it’s Jackie, Mezhgan, Sinitta or Terri, they will be in my life for ever. I genuinely love them. 

2013

I would've liked to have kept her. She was very gracious and I said that to her. She understands it's business; it's never personal. 

2012

She's not my girlfriend. We're people who date. She's adorable, isn't she? 

2012

Without being rude, if you were to ask me who won ‘The Voice,’ I don’t have a clue. 

2011

In TV, film, and music there's a lot of snobbery, and I don't like it. I've never been a cultural snob. If I don't like French food, that doesn't make me a lesser person. I don't have sophisticated tastes. I have average tastes. If you looked in my collection of DVDs, you'd see Jaws and Star Wars. In the book library, you'd see John Grisham and Sidney Sheldon. And if you look in my fridge, it's like children's food—chips, milkshakes, yogurt. 

2011

I made some absolutely horrific mistakes. I believed my own ego, believed my own hype, believed my own abilities, and lots of times it came crashing down. I thought I was absolutely untouchable. But it was rather like what the world went through two years ago. It was all borrowed. It was all nothing. And sure enough, the whole lot came crashing down. 

2010

It does frustrate me when you get these young kids come in who are absolutely terrible and they've been told all their lives by the mom, dad, family that 'You're going to have a career in show business.' That's when I actually think I'm doing some good, which is to say to them: 'I promise you, you're not going to do what you want to do. It just won't happen, so just stop. It's a fantasy. Get on with something in your life you're going to be successful at.’ I've given them what has helped me in my life, which is I never, ever got anywhere by people patronizing me. 

2010

Two years ago, I remember sitting in the auditions one day and I thought, 'I think this is about as far as we can go.’ I've always promised myself that I'd leave before I was forced to go. 

2010

I get very dark moods for no reason. Nothing in particular brings it on. You can be having the best time of your life and yet you're utterly and totally miserable. I get very anti-social, depressed and irritable with people. I don't have time for them. I can't make phone calls and stuff. I just sit on my own for days. I'm not sitting in a darkened room rocking. Things might have gone really well and then I torture myself. I cannot believe it. I have to find something to make me miserable. 

2009

I was hurt when Terri and I broke up, because I liked her so much. We were incredibly close. I think just the fact we were in a relationship with the rules that are attached to that - or what we think are rules - that can cause problems. Rules equal boredom and I don't like that. 

2009

Last year my agent rang me and said, ‘You’ve been offered an incredibly big, million-pound deal. It’s to be the face of Viagra.’ And I just said, ‘Sorry, but that has to be a f---ing insult.’ 

2008

If I was, why hide it? It's not as if the music business would be an odd place for a gay man to work. And anyway, if I was trying to hide the fact that I was gay, I would be off playing rugby every Saturday, wouldn't I? 

2007

I love kids - at least when they are old enough to talk. But my own? No. I'm terrified of the responsibility. Where would they fit in? I have to be able to fly to Los Angeles at a minute's notice. 

2007

I've had Botox, but not in an obsessive way. Then again, every guy I know who works in the City has had it now. 

2007

Vain? Yeah, I am. But to be honest with you, I can't think of one person who is on TV who isn't vain. It's the nature of the beast. If you are on TV then you have a vanity, for sure. 

2007

I actually really like Donald Trump. I think he's entertaining. There are so many unhappy billionaires, and he's a happy one with a great sense of humor. I didn't think I'd like him. I like people [who] don't take themselves too seriously. 

2006

There are so many under the banner that have no reality in them. My idea is to make the audience believe that they are looking through the keyhole. That is the true definition of reality TV. 

2006

Sometimes I despair of the people who come on the show. Especially when they start that "I sacrificed everything to be here" crap. I find that very amusing, because they are usually 18 or 19 years old and haven't sacrificed anything. I just enjoy pricking their bubbles a bit. 

2005

My own saying is: "Create the hype, but don't ever believe it.” 

2005

Nobody has given me anything. I have worked hard for every penny I have earned. I have had ideas, got off my arse, put my neck on the block and made most of them work, and that is very satisfying. 

2005

Initially, it was lack of exam results and a desire to make some money. And I wanted to be in a business where you can have fun. 

2003

One girl said that when I met her the first thing I did was grab her tits, and that I had a chauffeur whom I bullied... I've never had a chauffeur in my life. 

2002