All the things you never thought you’d see Simon do — blush, stammer, SMOOCH — he did last night! Oh dear — the man is in LOVE!
Simon Cowell cracked last night and finally admitted he’s engaged to American Idol makeup artist Mezhgan Hussainy! The normally unflappable American Idol judge appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Mar. 8 and the lover boy couldn’t help but slip when Jay prodded him about reports of his recent engagement to Mezhgan. “I do have somebody in my life now Jay, yes,” Simon said. “And I kind of made a decision this year to make somebody happy … it’s called giving back.”
Jay did his best to pry about the engagement, and Simon obliged, in his way. How did the newly-mushy mogul propose? “I was asleep I think,” joked Simon. “No, look, I bought her the ring in London.”
So is the wedding in the immediate future? “Within the next 10 years,” he says. Simon knows one thing — he wants to start a family, but he thinks he might be too old! “I’m kind of torn because I’m a bit too old to have kids,” confesses Simon. “But then again I think it would be important to have a lot of me-s around in the future.”
As for this being his final season on Idol he admits it was a tough decision. “I thought about it for a long time,” he says. “I was thinking for the last couple of years, you know it was nine years, I had a fantastic time, best time in my life, but it just felt time to leave, hopefully on a high. So, you know, I’m having a good time.”
— Chloe Melas
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