A new book claims that Simon Cowell and Dannii Minogue were romantically involved during her time on The X Factor. In Sweet Revenge: The Intimate Life Of Simon Cowell says that the music mogul felt ‘genuine love’ for Dannii before she started dating model Kris Smith, 33.
‘I had a crush on her,’ Simon’s quoted as saying by author and former BBC journalist Tom Bower. ‘It was Dannii’s hair, the sexy clothes and the t**s. I was like a schoolboy. She was foxy. She was a real man’s girl. Very feminine.’
Simon allegedly described the relationship, which kicked off when Dannii joined The X Factor judging panel in 2007, as ‘a few bonks’ – but it ‘petered out’ while the mogul was in America. Around the same time Dannii, now 40, denied that a photo showed her and Simon holding hands in the back of the car and insisted it was just ‘the angle’ from which it was taken.
‘Every guy in the world fancies Dannii,’ Simon, now 52, admits. ‘She’s become a sex symbol since joining the show, and the contestants love her. She’s got that Sophia Loren, movie-star sex appeal, I love sitting next to her.’ Simon, who recently split from fiancée Mezhgan Hussainy, 39, Tweeted this weekend: ‘Just seen the TV ad for the unauthorised book on me. Yikes!’
The feisty star says Simon hooked up with Dannii, 40, following his break up from TV presenter Terri Seymour, 37 – so she doesn’t understand why it was kept hush-hush. ‘We all knew Simon and Dannii were seeing each other,’ says Sharon, 59. ‘It wasn’t a secret.I don’t know why he tried to hide it from everyone though – he’d already split from Terri.’
In an interview with the Daily Mirror in the UK, Sharon said ‘I’m not Simon’s mother – I don’t give a toss who he f*cks, that’s none of my business. I think Simon thought he’d have complete control over this book.’
And even 52-year-old Simon’s spokesman Max Clifford thinks he’s wrong to have spoken to Tom. ‘It was Simon’s choice, but my attitude is you don’t talk to someone like Bower,’ says Max, 69 ‘He’s only looking for controversial stuff. It was a mistake.’