Sweet Revenge: The Intimate Life of Simon Cowell

By Tom Bower

For this definitive biography, acclaimed journalist and bestselling writer Tom Bower was once granted unparalleled entry to Simon Cowell and people round him—and the result's a desirable multilayered portrait of 1 of the world’s such a lot exciting tv personalities ever to dominate the track undefined.
 
Simon Cowell has made a world identify for himself because the no-holds-barred pass judgement on at the tv phenomenon American Idol. He’s been referred to as suggest, conceited, brash, and unapologetic, yet his stinging barbs and arrogant character have additionally earned him cheers from fanatics, in addition to hundreds of thousands of bucks, a string of unique beauties, and clout to increase his personal tasks. yet Cowell’s real present is revenge.
 
Sweet Revenge is the final word insider’s account of Simon Cowell’s upward thrust to fame—even as others plotted his downfall—from his cheeky exploits as a British university lad to his disasters as a annoyed younger track exec in London to his explosive competition with Simon Fuller over the genesis of the Idol franchise to the PR catastrophe that almost sunk his wildly winning express The X Factor. undertaking greater than one hundred fifty interviews with strength avid gamers, Cowell’s internal circle, and Cowell himself on a personal jet, chartered yacht, at his L.A. domestic, and at the studio lot, Tom Bower pulls again the curtain on a guy who's right now insecure, bold, simply bored, useless, needy, and pushed, a guy who will visit any restrict to safe his good fortune. Cowell can be printed as a faithful pal and loving son. His father, to whom Cowell was once rather shut, grew to become his such a lot relied on adviser and mentor.
 
full of juicy information, unique interviews, and never-before-revealed evidence, Sweet Revenge presents a whole photo of Simon Cowell that few have ever visible.

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Inside hours of his first day, Cowell had realised his mistake. ‘They’re toffee-nosed public-school twits,’ he informed Nicholas. Having been dispatched to compose a listing of all of the outlets alongside Oxford road, Cowell confessed his distress to his mom and dad on the finish of the 1st day. ‘I are looking to paintings in music,’ he stated. ‘I comprehend you’re unhappy,’ stated Julie, ‘but you want to supply it time and settle in. ’ even if, Cowell insisted on resigning instantly. ‘I don’t imagine that’s a good suggestion, yet you want to feel free in what you do,’ acknowledged Eric, firmly constructing himself because the greater impact.

The 1st express, he knew, used to be bad, however the subsequent episodes have been greater. every little thing relied on promoting to enhance the rankings the subsequent week. the chance was once large. the subsequent Sunday, he was once holidaying in Mexico with Terri Seymour. He referred to as Nigel and Shu Greene, who have been either purchasing in Oxford highway. ‘The figures are up through part one million – 34 according to cent of the audience,’ Cowell used to be advised. Smiling with reduction, he celebrated Fuller’s torpedo failing. Their dating was once in tatters, even supposing Cowell was once in the middle of filming the auditions for American Idol’s fourth season.

A journalist had tipped her off approximately Minogue’s name callings that Osbourne used cosmetic surgery to hide her age. almost immediately sooner than the exhibit begun, Osbourne entered Minogue’s dressing room. now not coincidentally, she selected Minogue’s birthday for the war of words. ‘Happy birthday,’ she seethed, and commenced to rant. inside seconds, the Australian used to be crying. As her makeup disintegrated, Holloway intervened. ‘Fuck off,’ screamed Osbourne. 5 mins prior to transmission, Claire Horton rushed into the room. ‘I’m quitting,’ yelled Osbourne.

That was once the one resource of pride. His dating with Jennifer put up used to be proving tricky. She was once resisting his call for for a round staircase to the 1st ground, insisting loft-style staircase used to be excellent. One accomplished staircase were rejected via him and a moment had simply been assembled. On coming into the home, his first glimpse of the steps evoked anger. ‘Pull it down,’ he ordered. ‘I desire a round one. ’ ‘No way,’ submit shouted again. Then, as he walked during the painted construction, his temper darkened: ‘I don’t wish to any extent further fucking white in the home.

Days after the programme was once unveiled, Cowell got a surprise. Hours after its free up, Hear’Say’s ‘Pure and easy’ was once already a chart sensation, heading in the direction of 1. five million revenues. ‘Have you obvious those numbers? ’ he requested Simon Jones, quoting the midweeks. ‘They’re marvelous. ’ day-by-day, Cowell might stare on the records in disbelief, distressed that Hear’Say used to be outselling Westlife’s new unmarried by way of ten to at least one. The track industry’s conflict strains for the subsequent decade have been being drawn. the 1st blow used to be added quickly after, on the industry’s prestigious Brit awards in a Park Lane lodge.

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