Simon Cowell ENGAGED to Lauren Silverman

Simon Cowell ENGAGED to Lauren Silverman: Music mogul, 62, proposes to long-term partner, 44, on Barbados holiday in front of their children

  • Simon, 62, proposed to his partner of eight years in front of their son Eric, seven, and Lauren’s son Adam, 16, from a previous relationship 
  • A source said: ‘Whilst Simon never thought he was the marrying type, he’s realised he’s met the woman of his dreams – and couldn’t be happier’
  • Simon met Lauren in 2013 when she was still married to millionaire property developer Andrew Silverman with news of the affair making global headlines

Simon Cowell is engaged to girlfriend Lauren Silverman after an eight-year romance.   

The music mogul, 62, popped the question to Lauren, 44, on the couple’s Barbados getaway over the new year in front of their son Eric, seven, and Lauren’s son Adam, 16. 

Despite previously insisting that he ‘didn’t believe’ in marriage, the father-of-one reassessed his views after falling in love with Lauren – who was left ‘stunned’ by the shock proposal.  

Simon Cowell ‘ENGAGED’ to Lauren Silverman: Music mogul, 62, ‘secretly proposes to long-term partner, 44, on Barbados holiday’ (pictured in July)

A source told The Sun: ‘Lauren was absolutely stunned and never in a million years expected Simon to pop the question. She burst into tears – happy tears – and obviously said yes straight away.

‘Lauren has been Simon’s rock over these past few years – supporting him when he broke his back, and through thick and thin generally. They make a wonderful couple.

‘Whilst Simon never thought he was the marrying type, he’s realised he’s met the woman of his dreams – and couldn’t be happier. In the words of Beyoncé, it was time to put a ring on it.’ 

A friend of the pair’s added to People magazine: ‘They are both super happy. They’ve been together a long time now and adore each other so it’s not a huge surprise to their close friends.’

A source said: ‘Whilst Simon never thought he was the marrying type, he’s realised he’s met the woman of his dreams – and couldn’t be happier’ (pictured in November)

Simon met Lauren when she was still married to millionaire property developer Andrew Silverman. 

Their affair became public – and Simon’s life changed – at the end of July 2013 when news broke of Lauren’s pregnancy. 

In 2015, Simon told Mail on Sunday Event magazine: ‘I’m not proud of the circumstances, I can’t hold my head up about it.’

And of the pregnancy, he admitted: ‘This was not something I planned. But I remember going to the first scan with Lauren.

‘I called him Tad because he looked like a tadpole. Something just kicked in. I felt unbelievably protective of both of them. I just absolutely wanted him. I just hadn’t known that before.’

Family: The pair were said to have been joined by their son Eric, seven, (pictured) and Lauren’s son Adam, 16, from a previous relationship when Simon proposed

Simon had previously stated that he ‘didn’t believe in marriage’ and worried about what would happen to his fortune if he tied the knot. 

The X Factor creator – who has a net worth of approximately $600 million – said in 2008: ‘I don’t believe in marriage, certainly not in this business.

‘The truth is that you get married and in a year or two they clean you out! It’s just not going to work.’

The father-of-one has previously enjoyed high profile relationships with the likes of Sinitta, Jackie St. Clair and Terri Seymour.    

News of the engagement comes after Simon said that his romance with Lauren is ‘still alive’ having realised they still ‘enjoy each other’s company’ after months of being holed up together during the Covid lockdown. 

Speaking to OK! in November after hosting his annual Together For Short Lives charity ball, Simon gushed that his romance with Lauren was still going strong, after their cosy appearance on the red carpet.

Asked whether their relationship was still alive, he said: ‘I guess so! Covid-19 was the real test. Like everyone, we were in lockdown for a long time and that’s when you realise whether or not you actually enjoy each other’s company or not.

‘And we really really did. So to answer your question… yes, the romance is still alive. We’re closer than ever.’

Sweet: Simon said that his romance with Lauren is ‘still alive’ having realised they still ‘enjoy each other’s company’ after months of being holed up together during the Covid lockdown  

While Simon praised for Lauren for always maintaining an active role in his charity ventures, he insisted he does his fair share of the childcare and ‘loves’ picking up Eric from school and taking him to football training.

The Britain’s Got Talent judge also confessed that he’s so close to his son that he and Lauren struggle to plan date nights away from him, but in some cases they do ‘occasionally make it out alone.’ 

Lauren also took on a big role caring for Simon when he was left bedridden for months after a devastating electric bike accident at his Malibu home in August 2020.

 The record executive now walks for several hours a day and holds business meetings at 9AM so that he no longer lives like a ‘vampire’.

Of his new fitness regime, a source told MailOnline: ‘Simon said how he hasn’t worn trainers as much as this in 20 years. He feels fitter than ever before and is keeping to a normal routine rather than being on the phone until into the early hours of the morning.’

Simon told Extra in February of the horror bike incident: ‘I nearly smashed my spine to pieces!’

The X Factor boss also admitted he ‘couldn’t have got through’ it without his girlfriend Lauren and son Eric, who sweetly called him ‘iron man’ when he first saw his dad with metal rods and screws in his back following surgery.  

Speaking to ex-girlfriend Terri Seymour on Extra, Simon said: ‘It could have been a lot worse. When I saw the X-ray, I really nearly could have smashed my spine to pieces, so I literally wouldn’t have been able to walk.’

Former flame: The father-of-one has previously enjoyed high profile relationships with the likes of Sinitta (pictured in 2006) Jackie St. Clair and Terri Seymour

He recalled: ‘I knew I’d broken my back the minute I landed. It was really, really kind of sudden and it hurt.’

Simon explained, ‘You’re not supposed to move,’ but, that wasn’t the X Factor boss’ thought process at the time.

He continued: ‘I was thinking, “I’ve got to get back into the house because I can’t lie there”… and made myself kind of get carried into my bedroom, which is right there at the beginning of the house… And I’m lying there and I’m kind of passing out… It was surreal.’ 

Speaking about his time in hospital, the BGT judge gushed about the support he received from his girlfriend Lauren and their son.

Simon noted to Terri: ‘In fact, you and Lauren [Silverman] were outside the hospital all night long, I remember.’

Terri told him: ‘Lauren was amazing, running around after you, nursing you back to health,’ to which Simon gushed: ‘She was amazing.

‘Both her and Eric, they were like my support. I couldn’t have gotten through it without them, so we got closer.’

Ouch: Lauren took on a big role caring for Simon when he was left bedridden for months after a devastating electric bike accident at his Malibu home in August 2020 (pictured November 2021) 

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