Simon Cowell and Dannii Minogue had a relationship while working together on the UK version of The X Factor.
Cowell’s publicist Max Clifford confirmed the rumors after the story emerged in a new unauthorized biography by BBC journalist Tom Bower. Bower’s book says the two were “genuinely in love.”
In the biography, Cowell gushes like a young teen about Minogue, telling Bower:
“I had a crush on her. 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. It was genuine love. ‘Every guy in the world fancies Dannii. 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.”
However, Clifford attacked Bower over revealing the story in his book, telling Exclusive TV:
“Everyone who knows Simon knows he keeps his private life as private as possible. But [it’s] the truth. It was Simon’s choice, but my attitude is you don’t talk to someone like Tom Bower, he’s only really looking for the controversial stuff. It was a mistake.”
Which is a little harsh on Bower, I fancy. I mean, is Cowell telling a journalist on the record about his “genuine love” for Minogue’s “hair, sexy clothes, t**s” really “keeping his private life as private as possible”?
Minogue, who left The X Factor in 2010 and split from rugby player partner Kris Smith earlier this month, is said to be ‘distraught’ by the revelations.