Simon Cowell has told Russell Brand to give up his multi-million pound salary if he's serious about his new political beliefs.
The music mogul has criticized the comic star for accepting large salaries for his Hollywood films, while also campaigning against the political system in the UK. Russell, 48, recently joined a protest with British activist group Anonymous as part of a worldwide protest against austerity cuts and the disadvantages of the current socio-economic system.
But Simon thinks Russell is a hypocrite who doesn't do what he says and has actually greatly benefited from capitalism. "A revolution? He's getting $10 million a movie. I mean come on! Well give your money back then, Russell. I always say that about people. Start off as you mean to go on. Donate all the money back to the revolution and then I'll believe it. I'm living in a $10 million mansion and I want a revolution? Give me a break," said the X Factor boss.
Leona Lewis would be "fine" if her celebrity status disappeared tomorrow.
The "Bleeding Love" hitmaker shot to fame after winning the third series of The X Factor in 2006 with the help of her mentor, Simon Cowell, but she admitted she wouldn't be too worried if she wasn't perceived as a star anymore: "Simon has always told me to trust my instincts and so that's what I've always done. I'd love to sing for the rest of my life, but if my celebrity status disappears tomorrow then I'll be completely fine with that, I really will."
The 28-year-old beauty is known for her powerful ballads, despite being more of an opera singer when she was younger, and she is hoping Simon will take her "more seriously" as a classical performer since she tasted success in the music industry:
"Well I did train in opera initially. I didn't actually switch to contemporary until I was in my teens. I wanted to be a classical singer originally. I told him [Simon] I'd love to make an opera album, and he was like, 'Yes, you should, at some point, blah blah blah, whatever.' I don't think he took it seriously. Perhaps he will now."
Simon Cowell is planning a "special holiday proposal."
The music mogul will reportedly ask pregnant girlfriend Lauren Silverman to be his wife during his annual festive break and has even splashed out on a ring. "Simon has an engagement ring, but is being secretive about the proposal. Simon is flying to the Caribbean for the Christmas holiday. Lauren will join him for parts of the holiday trip. Simon could be planning a special holiday proposal. It seems he will definitely propose," a source said.
Simon is said to be excited about becoming a father for the first time next year, and is looking forward to Lauren's baby shower. "He is beyond excited about his son He loves feeling the baby kicking and acts very proud that he will be a father. Lauren's friends are planning a New York city baby shower that Simon will attend," the source added.
A spokesperson for the X Factor boss refused to confirm his engagement plans. "The matters are private and there will be no comment on it," they said only.
Simon Cowell will face a $50,000 penalty if he goes near Lauren Silverman's son Adam.
The 54-year-old music mogul will be subjected to a hefty fee if he is in contact with seven-year-old Adam - whom his girlfriend had with her former husband, Andrew Silverman - due to a clause in the brunette beauty's divorce agreement with property developer Andrew. According to TMZ.com, although the agreement will only last until January 2015 if Lauren - who is currently pregnant with her first child with Simon - violates the clause three times she will lose contact with the child until a court is able to intervene.
The settlement also states that Andrew has a legal obligation not to rubbish Simon - who had an adulterous relationship with Lauren - and must make sure other people don't trash the businessman in the presence of his son. In addition, Lauren and her former spouse both agree that Adam should only refer to either of them as "mother" and "father," and the wealthy real-estate owner agrees to pay Lauren $3,000 a month in child support.
Simon Cowell's girlfriend is due to give birth to their son in New York City on February 28.
The X Factor boss and Lauren Silverman have reportedly booked a delivery room in one of the most exclusive hospitals on the east coast of the U.S., so her mother, Carole Sandland, who lives in Florida, can be on standby and fly up to help her care for her first child with the British star. A source told the MailOnline website that Lauren's mother will help her adjust to the newborn, as Simon, 54, will need to continue to travel to Los Angles and London regularly for work.
The decision to have their baby in NYC isn't surprising since Lauren's eight-year-old son, Adam, whom she shares custody of with her ex-husband, Andrew Silverman, who she divorced in August, attends school in the city.
Robin Thicke regularly gets mistaken for being Simon Cowell.
The 36-year-old singer - who is 18 years younger than the X Factor boss - often gets heckled in the street by people shouting "Simon" at him because they think he is the music mogul due to their similar haircuts. "I went through a hippy phase when I started out in music and said I would not cut my hair until I heard my song played on the radio. Now I do get called Simon Cowell because of my hair," he said.
Simon Cowell raised $1 million for charity by singing.
The X Factor judge agreed to put his dignity on the line for a good cause after billionaire Power Rangers creator, Haim Saban, offered to make the huge donation if Simon sang the show's theme tune with him. The 54-year-old British star, whose girlfriend Lauren Silverman is expecting a baby boy in February, delighted the packed room of guests after he accepted the challenge to raise money for Friends of Israel Defense Forces in Beverly Hills on Tuesday night.
Midway through his performance, Simon offered to donate $100,000 of his own money if he was allowed to stop. Saban then agreed he could stop singing for $250,000, according to video footage obtained by gossip website TMZ.com.
The music mogul was also recently persuaded to show off his vocal talents by his fellow talent show judge Kelly Rowland during auditions for the X Factor in Denver, Colorado, after being urged to show off his skills after he was less than impressed with one wannabe's attempt at singing 1940s classic "Fools Rush In."
Simon Cowell wants a girlfriend after split from Carmen Electra.
The 53-year-old music mogul has confirmed he is no longer dating the former Baywatch star - who he met when she was a judge on last year's Britain's Got Talent - and revealed although he isn't looking for anyone in particular, he would like to date a fellow Brit.
"I'm now a single man. We spent time together and she is so much fun. But I'd like to find a girlfriend. I do particularly like British women but I haven't got my eye on anyone," he said, speaking to the Sunday People.
Simon - the mind behind the likes of The X Factor and American Idol - admitted his hectic schedule was to blame for his lack of a long-term relationship. "I'm lucky that I have a lot of good people around me. That's very important, especially when you do what I do. I'm happy but I would like a girlfriend," he said.
Simon Cowell is dating Janina Gavankar.
The 53-year-old music mogul was spotted enjoying a dinner date with the True Blood actress - who plays shifter Luna Garza in the HBO series and looks very similar to his ex-fiancee - at Los Angeles restaurant Cecconi's on Saturday night, and the pair have been flirting on Twitter.
Last month, he wrote on the social networking site, "Hello trouble. Simon x." The 32-year-old beauty replied, "Who me?? #Definitely me. (sic)" The X Factor judge then responded, "yes you. x (sic)" Simon and Janina have since deleted the tweets from their accounts.
Janina - who dated US internet entrepreneur Angelo Sotira, 31, for five years before they split in 2010 - was spotted smiling in the back of Simon's chauffeur-driven car on Saturday.
Carmen Electra has hinted she had sex with Simon Cowell. The former Baywatch actress - who split from fiance Rob Patterson in May - was romantically linked with the music mogul in September and though she claimed to be "single" and just "friends" with The X Factor star, she went on to suggest their friendship went further.
Asked if they had kissed, she giggled and said, "Maybe." Further pressed on the matter by Access Hollywood, she was then asked if there had been any "horizontal time." Carmen again laughed and said "maybe." She added, "He's so cute. He's adorable, he's actually a sweetheart. I really like him, I think he's very cool."
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