'The X Factor' USA judge - who has been spotted on numerous dates with the TV presenter and model recently - has admitted he is smitten with the 40-year-old beauty but insisted she is not his girlfriend yet.
With Cowell as a judge notorious for reducing contestants to tears, the show was an instant success, drawing more than 10,000 would-be stars to audition for the show., debuted in 2002, with Cowell once again judging alongside singer Paula Abdul and producer Randy Jackson.
The show drew in a record number of viewers for Fox, in addition to producing pop stars Kelly Clarkson (2002), Ruben Studdard (2003), Fantasia Barrino (2004), Jennifer Hudson (2004), Carrie Underwood (2005), Taylor Hicks (2006), Jordin Sparks (2007) and David Cook (2008), among others.
You've got to be up at a certain time, got to listen, when all you want to do is sit in a corner thinking." His position on kids softened three years later during an interview with in 2012, during which he stated "I do really, really like kids, because I can talk to them and listen to them.
The problem has always been how much time you need to devote to bringing up kids.
I've always dedicated all my life to work, and at 52, I've probably missed the opportunity." Despite his views on parenthood, a source told in July 2013 that Cowell was expecting his first child with Lauren Silverman, wife of his close friend Andrew Silverman.