Simon Cowell Is Engaged to His Longtime Girlfriend

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Getty Simon Cowell proposed to his longtime girlfriend.

Simon Cowell and his girlfriend since 2013 are now engaged to be married.

62-year-old Cowell proposed to 44-year-old Lauren Silverman on Christmas Eve in Barbados. A source told PEOPLE that the couple was on a walk along the beach when Cowell popped the question. They were in Barbados for a family vacation, so Cowell and Silverman’s 7-year-old son Eric and Silverman’s 16-year-old son Adam were both present to celebrate the occasion.

Cowell and Silverman met in 2004 and began a romantic relationship in 2013. They welcomed their son Eric in 2014. “They are both super happy,” a source told PEOPLE. “They’ve been together a long time now and adore each other so it’s not a huge surprise to their close friends.”


Who Is Simon Cowell’s Fiance Lauren Silverman?

Silverman is a socialite from New York City. When she first met Cowell in 2004, she was married to a close friend of his, real estate developer Andrew Silverman. Lauren and Andrew Silverman share a son together, Adam.

In July 2013, PEOPLE reported that Cowell and Silverman were expecting a child together, despite Silverman still being married. The outlet reported that Andrew Silverman filed for divorce soon after, citing “adultery” as the reason.

“My top priority is protecting my 7-year-old son while working to resolve all outstanding issues with my wife,” Andrew Silverman said in a statement at the time, according to PEOPLE. “Hopefully people can respect the interest of our child during this process.”


Cowell Didn’t Want Children Originally

Cowell used to be open about the fact that he never wanted children. PEOPLE reports that in 2009, he said, “God, no. I couldn’t have children. If I had them here drawing on the walls I’d go nuts. You’ve got to be up at a certain time. Got to listen. When all you want to do is sit in a corner thinking.”

In 2021, Cowell appeared on “The Kelly Clarkson Show” and talked about the children’s book series he’s collaborated with his son on. “It’s all about these, these funny animals which are half this, half that, and it’s been brilliant,” Cowell said. The books include animals like snogs (half snail, half dog) and chimpanpoos (half chimpanzee, half poodle).

“You’re like a different dude with a child,” Clarkson teased. “I mean after I lost my parents, I genuinely felt Kelly, I would never feel that kind of love for anyone ever again,” Cowell said. “I mean, I thought that was it until I saw the scan of him for the first time,” he continued, referring to his son, Eric.

He revealed that when Silverman was pregnant, he would refer to their unborn son as “Tad” because “he looked like a little tadpole.” It’s safe to say Cowell’s opinions on having children have changed. “Now, yeah, I just cannot imagine my life without him. I mean, he’s the most amazing thing that ever happened to me.”


Cowell Would Like to See His Son Take Over His Job

In a 2018 interview with Extra, Cowell revealed how he feels about his son Eric following in his shoes one day. “I would have him start as an intern, learn the job. The idea that one day he could be doing this or something similar, I would love that,” he said.

In fact, Cowell says his son keeps him motivated to keep up the hard work he’s always put into the entertainment industry. “I actually think it’s the best incentive I’ve ever had to keep everything running as well as I possibly can,” he told Extra.

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