Just days after “The X Factor” executive producer Simon Cowell told British tabloid The Sun that “everything is fine” in his relationship with fiancée Mezhgan Hussainy, Cowell has now told another British tabloid that his relationship with Hussainy is in limbo.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Cowell said about his relationship with Hussainy:
“It’s quite a complicated relationship. We have had a break from each other, and we are still incredibly close. 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.”
Cowell, 52, has never been married and he does not have any children. He has said in many interviews over the years that he does not want to have kids because he works too much to be a good parent.
Cowell and makeup artist Hussainy, 38, got engaged in 2010. At the beginning of their engagement, the couple was frequently seen at events together. But by the end of 2011, Cowell and Hussainy had been spending less time together, and Cowell was telling the media that he was not ready to set a wedding date.
In a September 2011 interview with Howard Stern, Cowell said he wasn’t sure if he was still engaged to Hussainy. Shortly after the interview took place, tabloids reported that Hussainy and Cowell were no longer living together.
Rumors of the couple breaking up were further fueled when Cowell was seen during his recent Christmas and New Year’s holdays in the Caribbean without Hussainy but in the company of several other women, including his ex-girlfriend Sinitta and socialite Zeta Graff. Cowell told The Sun in January 2012 that the other women were friends and that he was not dating any of them.
As previously reported, Cowell (who is also an executive producer of ITV’s “Britain’s Got Talent”) has returned to “Britain’s Got Talent” as a full-time judge in 2012, after he became a part-time judge on the show in 2011. In his January 2012 interview with The Sun, Cowell admitted that he hired Alesha Dixon away from the BBC’s “Strictly Come Dancing” judging panel to be a judge on “Britain’s Got Talent” mainly because of the ratings rivalry between “The X Factor” U.K. and “Strictly Come Dancing.”
In 2011, “Strictly Come Dancing” (which has the same time slot in the U.K. as “The X Factor” U.K.) sometimes had higher ratings than “The X Factor” U.K. for certain episodes, but “The X Factor” U.K. still came out on top in the overall ratings for the entire season.
Now, it seems that the rivalry is heating up between BBC talent shows and ITV talent shows, because BBC has scheduled the U.K. version of “The Voice” in the same time slot as “Britain’s Got Talent.” Tabloids are reporting that Cowell is “furious” over this scheduling decision.