Got Talent judge Simon Cowell has never been married, but he has been engaged. Several years ago, he intended to marry Mezhgan Hussainy, a makeup artist who worked with him on American Idol.
However, the pair ended their engagement in 2012. Read on to find out more about Simon and Mezhgan’s relationship, and what the music mogul later said about their break-up.
Simon Cowell’s Engagement To Mezhgan Hussainy
Simon proposed to Mezhgan on Valentine’s Day 2010 with a £250,000 engagement ring. An unauthorized biography of Simon claims that the pair were already seeing each other in 2006, when Simon was living with his ex-girlfriend Terri Seymour.
“I’m smitten with Mezhgan, I think she’s the one,” Simon told Piers Morgan at the time. “She’s very special…You know when you’ve found somebody very special.”
He also got shy about his engagement with talk show host Jay Leno, saying, “I kind of made a decision this year to make somebody happy.” After showing a photo of Mezhgan’s ring, Jay pointed out that Simon was blushing.
However, things got complicated when Mezhgan reportedly became frustrated with Simon’s busy life and close female friends. Simon’s biography claims that Mezhgan lashed out at him after he arrived home late from American Idol. Simon’s mom Julie was quoted as saying, “The tension was horrendous. The way Mezhgan behaved made my stomach churn.”
Simon And Mezhgan End Their Engagement
Things reportedly fell apart between Simon and Mezhgan, and Simon moved in to the Peninsula Hotel in Los Angeles to be apart from her. In January 2012, he said they were “on a break.”
“It’s quite a complicated relationship. We have had a break from each other, and we are still incredibly close,” Simon told the Daily Mirror. “I’m vulnerable. It’s not on, it’s not off, it’s somewhere in the middle. I don’t know if I will ever get married, but I am happy.”
Simon added that he regretted calling Mezhgan “The One,” saying he “got caught up in the moment.” Needless to say, the couple didn’t end up getting married, but Simon reportedly gave Mezhgan an $8 million mansion as a parting gift.
“I don’t pay them off,” Simon said of giving his ex-girlfriends financial support, “but if you have been with someone long enough, there is a responsibility. You can’t say one minute you can live this type of life and then the light goes off.”
Simon Calls Engagement A ‘Big Mistake’
Simon has called his engagement to Mezhgan a “big mistake,” saying he’s a “hopeless boyfriend.” He added, “I’m attracted to crazy women. I encourage crazy behavior and I make them crazy.”
“I’m attracted to certain personalities who are difficult to control,” Simon continued. “So there are tantrums, tears and fights, which is all part of the drama. My life is
However, Simon seems to have quickly learned how to settle down, as he’s been with current girlfriend Lauren Silverman since 2013, and they have a son together named Eric.