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Simon Cowell jets to New York to join pregnant partner

Music mogul Simon Cowell is flying back to New York to be with his pregnant partner, Lauren Silverman, after she was admitted to hospital.

Simon Cowell has flown to New York to be with his pregnant partner
Simon Cowell has flown to New York to be with his pregnant partner Credit: Dennis Van Tine/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

Cowell was in London judging auditions for Britain's Got Talent, and was told the news about his partner overnight.

Cowell has described the prospect of fatherhood as "surreal", and previously said he did not plan to witness the birth of his baby.

Read: Simon Cowell - '100 per cent, I am not changing nappies'

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Producer: 'I smashed record over Simon Cowell's head'

Record producer Ian Levine has told how he smashed a record over Simon Cowell's head in a packed nightclub after he tried to force him to play a Sinitta record.

Levine was DJ-ing at gay club Heaven as Cowell was trying to make his then protege Sinitta a star with her single So Macho.

Simon Cowell asked for a Sinitta record to be played. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

But in an interview to be screened in Channel 4 documentary Queer As Pop: From Gay Scene To Mainstream, Levine said he was angered that the music mogul was trying to cash-in on the gay market.

He said of the track: "It was a step too far... cynically designed to get the gay record sales."

Levine, who was the resident DJ at the London gay club at the time in the mid-1980s, said: "Simon brought Sinitta to the DJ booth at Heaven, because I banned the record. I told him I am not playing this... no way - I am not playing So Macho."

Sam Bailey has not spoken to Simon Cowell yet

X Factor boss Simon Cowell has not spoken to this year's winner, Sam Bailey, but the singer said she hopes they meet up soon.

X Factor winner Sam Bailey has not met Simon Cowell yet.
X Factor winner Sam Bailey has not met Simon Cowell yet. Credit: Ian West/PA

She said: "I've not spoken to him directly but he's sent a congratulations tweet and he is tapping in and ringing up people and just asking how I'm doing and has said he's really happy with things.

"I've not spoken to him directly but he's very busy as I am but we'll meet each other soon".After her win, Cowell tweeted to say "congratulations" and described her win as "well deserved".

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The X Factor donates proceeds to Philippines appeal

The X Factor has announced it will donate proceeds from this weekend's contestant vote and live performance downloads to the Disasters Emergency Committee's (DEC) Philippines Typhoon Appeal.

Simon Cowell said on Twitter:

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Tonight @thexfactor has backed The Sun's campaign for DEC Philippines Appeal & we are donating profits from votes & downloads to @decappeal

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They desperately need our help. Huge thanks to @thexfactor team and to ITV for making this happen

ITV, Syco Entertainment and Fremantle will together donate a minimum of 50p from every track downloaded this weekend to the appeal.

Click here to donate to the DEC appeal

Cowell confirms school comments were a 'joke'

Simon Cowell has confirmed comments he made during an interview about his schooling and the secret to his success were a "joke."

Earlier today the media mogul was quoted as saying that the key to his achievements was being "useless at school" and then getting "lucky", comments which were condemned by government ministers, including the Education Secretary Michael Gove.

In a series of tweets, Cowell said:

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Wow! I read the remarks today about a joke I made in an interview. I was lucky that after failing my exams I was given a chance to work hard

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I have a policy at my company that we judge people on their qualities not just their exam results

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I don't endorse dropping out of school but if for some reason you don't do as well as others that you can still do well in life.

Read: Cowell's comments 'clearly a joke' says publicist

Cowell's comments 'clearly a joke' says publicist

Simon Cowell made the controversial comments on a US radio station Credit: Reuters

Simon Cowell's suggestion that the secret to his success was to be "useless at school and then get lucky" was said as a joke - his spokesman has said.

The comments were branded "irresponsible and stupid" by Education Secretary Michael Gove.

But Cowell's publicist said later:

"This was quite clearly a joke made in a humorous radio interview and has been taken completely out of context."

Simon Cowell branded 'irresponsible' for school remarks

Simon Cowell has been branded as "irresponsible and stupid" by the Education Secretary for suggesting the secret to success is to be "useless at school and then get lucky".

Speaking to US radio station z100, Cowell said: "I didn't work hard when I was at school. I left at 16 and I didn't have any qualifications.

Simon Cowell said the secret to success was 'to be useless at school and then get lucky'. Credit: PA Wire

"I was useless. The secret is to be useless at school and then get lucky."

The remarks were strongly condemned by Education Secretary Michael Gove who accused the music mogul - who is worth more than £200 million - of undermining teacher's efforts in the classroom.

Michael Gove has lashed out at Simon Cowell over his comments on education. Credit: PA Wire

"This is an irresponsible and stupid thing to say.The truth is that only a tiny fraction of people get lucky. For everybody else, it’s all about hard work and that starts with hard work at school," he said during an interview with MailOnline.

"Celebrities like Mr Cowell should encourage education, not rubbish it."

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