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Simon Cowell Breaks Down On TV While Remembering His Father's Death

Mon, March 1, 2010 2:58pm EDT by Add first Comment
Courtesy of ITV

Courtesy of ITV

How would you react if you lost someone you loved?

American Idol judge Simon Cowell – who’s also known as “The World’s Toughest Critic” (amongst other, more unflattering things) had a rare, vulnerable moment on the British talk show Life Stories when talking about his father’s death. Dare we say it? Simon has a heart!

During the interview with host Piers Morgan — which airs in Britain March 6 — Simon, 50, chokes up as he remembers his mother breaking the news of his dad’s death in 1999.

“Oh Piers, it was…uh, it wasn’t, wasn’t good,” the music media mogul says, stumbling on his words. “But you’ve just got to deal with it, you know, and I went back and realized that your first responsibility is that you’ve got to look after your mum. It was a horrible, horrible, horrible time, like I said. You believe everyone is going to live for ever and they don’t.”

Simon, who is now worth more than an estimated $100-million, was finally moving up in the industry and was actually calling his mom to share the news that his music group, Westlife, had its first number one hit when he learned about his dad.

“I find it very, very difficult to deal with that kind of reality,”Simon remembers of his father, Eric – his very own personal idol. “I shut myself off totally because it affects me so badly. … It was the hardest thing I ever had, because I’ve never lost anyone in my life, you know, it was the first thing like that that ever happened and I just couldn’t accept it.”

Poor Simon. We’ve never seen him like this before. Are you happy to see that the king of criticism does indeed have a soft side?

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