Simon Cowell may be known as a sour puss on American Idol, but he’s just a softy under that hard exterior. According to a new report, Simon has donated a hefty amount to a child in need.
RadarOnline reports that Cowell handed over $160,000 to help save the life of 18-month old Sophie Atay from Gateshead in the U.K.
Last week, the girl’s family was told she was suffering from a Neuroblastoma and needed treatment within days.
They needed to raise $800,000 to pay for the treatments. People from all over Great Britain had pledged money to the family, but they were still $160,000 short until Cowell stepped in.
According to the story, Simon was informed of the baby girl’s condition by last year’s X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke.
“I had told Simon about the situation and that there was no time to waste because Sophie needed treatment immediately -- and he decided to give the money in a second. Now, we are hopeful that Sophie will be on the flight to the U.S. today,” she said.
What a generous act! Maybe Simon isn’t so bad after all!