Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman in “Crisis” before their engagement

Before they shared their good news with the world, Simon Cowell and his longtime girlfriend were reportedly going to break up.

I think she has the X factor.

After Page six revealed that Simon Cowell and his girlfriend Lauren Silverman are getting married after 12 years of marriage and one child, insiders suggested that the engagement may be the last attempt to save their relationship.

“I know she talked about it around Christmas and he refused,” the source said. mail… “They have reached a difficult moment in their relationship – you can call it a crisis. There was suffering.

“She may have made it clear that she is not going to stay here until they get married.”

It is reported that 44-year-old Silverman has been waiting for her ring for a long time. In fact, according to the source, this is their second engagement. The first was shortly after the birth of their son Eric, who is now seven years old.

“I know Simon gave her an engagement ring about a year after the pregnancy was announced … but then he put it in the safe and made it clear that he didn’t want to get married in the end,” the source said.

“She’s a sweet middle-class girl and has always wanted to get married. Her mom said she believed Simon would “do the right thing” even before Eric was born. Well, she’s been waiting a long time – and so has Lauren.

Cowell’s longtime colleague spoke about this. mail that the engagement also had a lot to do with his adored son.

“Everything he does now has to do with Eric and his legacy,” said a colleague. “He wants to give Eric legitimacy.”

Cowell and Silverman’s romance reportedly began in 2004, when she was still married to her first husband, New York real estate tycoon Andrew Silverman. (They have a son, Adam, who is now 16 years old.) Andrew did introduce his wife to Cowell while on vacation in Barbados.

But the romance was secret until 2013, when it became known about Silverman’s pregnancy from Cowell. Soon she and her husband divorced.

Since then, sources say Silverman, a socialite who attended a private school in Miami, has “despaired” of getting married.

But Cowell, 62, made it clear that he is not a fan of marriage – both because he enjoys his own space and, according to sources, because he did not want to risk his $ 500 million (A $ 686 million) fortune. divorce event.

“When you get into a routine it gets boring,” he said the year Eric was born. “It doesn’t matter how big your house is, you end up on the same couch, in the same bed or in the same room with a person, you will get bored. It’s a boring routine. Being alone is the best thing in the world. It’s like breathing oxygen. “

And while this relationship lasted longer for Cowell than most, he is known for getting bored.

TV presenter Terry Seymour spent four years with him and hinted all the time that she wanted marriage and children, but Cowell, as you know, advised her to have a turtle instead.

It was reported that in the last months of their life together, they had affairs with other women. Eventually Seymour and Cowell parted ways and he gave her a house.

Meanwhile, Silverman has reportedly turned off some of Cowell’s ex-girlfriends and ex-lovers.

She’s become a gatekeeper of sorts, as Cowell doesn’t carry a cell phone with him – he believes it helps his mental health – and friends and business colleagues are now finding that if they want to contact Cowell, the quickest way is through Lauren. …

One source in Cowell’s business said he thought it was some kind of “power play” on Cowell’s part, but it really makes Silverman irreplaceable. (She reportedly also occasionally carries his cigarettes at parties to make sure they are in constant communication with each other.)

Among those who have dropped out since she appeared on stage was Jackie St. Clair, Cowell’s best friend for decades. A former glamor model, they did not meet for long, but after decades they were very close.

St. Clair went with him to the races in Ascot as a plus and was there when he proposed marriage to make-up artist Mezhgan Husseini at Mr. Chow’s restaurant in London in 2009. (Cowell ended this affair two years later, with cowardice.)

But Silverman is said to have warmed over time to some of Cowell’s old friends, including Seymour, who shared the holidays and birthdays with them.

Cowell’s spokesman said there are no details yet on when and where the wedding might take place. The producer and reality TV host is said to have knelt on one knee on Christmas Eve while on vacation with Silverman in Barbados.

Silverman usually spends a week with him in London or at their home in Malibu, California, and then flies to New York to spend the week with her son Adam as part of her custody agreement with her ex.

“This is already a funny, slightly detached dynamic,” said one of Cowell’s friends.

Others, however, deny this.

The couple have been spending more time together lately than ever due to the pandemic and following a horrific accident in 2020 when Cowell fell off his electric bike, breaking his back and nearly paralyzing himself.

“Like everyone else, we’ve been locked up for a long time, and that’s when you know if you really like each other’s company or not,” Cowell said. “And we really did … the romance is still alive. We are closer than ever. “

According to a friend, the accident, pandemic and changes in his career have changed Cowell’s priorities.

“He’s looking for a new goal, and maybe he decided it was time to grow up,” said a friend. mail… “There is a feeling that he is turning a new page. I heard that he is in talks to return as a music producer because I think he is starting to realize that his days on TV are … coming to an end. “

Although Cowell is still the judge America has talent, canceling his show X – Factor in the UK last year is said to have put a lot of pressure on him.

Recent game show, Walk the line, also failed in his home country after Cowell changed his mind at the last minute to be one of the judges. Officially, he decided that someone else would do the job better; unofficially, it was rumored that he pulled out due to concerns that the show would not work.

The death of Il Divo star Carlos Marina, linked to Covid at the age of 53 in December, also deeply affected him.

The group was one of Cowell’s discoveries on X – Factor and he tweeted that he was fighting the news four days before he proposed to Lauren.

“He suffered. He suffered terribly physically because of his back and it was a long way to get fit, ”said Cowell’s friend. “Failure Walk the line there was also a blow. There are hints of mortality here. He realized that he was not invincible. “

This article originally appeared in New York Post and reproduced with permission

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