Simon Cowell 'wanted an affair with Cheryl Cole' when she joined The X Factor in 2008, it's been claimed.
The music mogul supposedly speaks candidly about his relationship with the Girls Aloud star in a new book, saying: “I would have liked an affair with Cheryl.”
He is quoted by author Tom Bower: “I felt like a mouse being played with by a beautiful cat.”
He explained “She would come in dressed in her tracksuit and slippers, drop her eyes and play the soulful victim to get around me. She played me.
“When she walked over, I felt I was the mouse with a beautiful cat. I adored her. And as she got her own way, it drove Louis Walsh mad.”
The quotes appear in a new and unauthorised biography of the telly legend, which is out next month.
The book also suggests that while apparently macho Simon failed to seduce Cheryl, he did win over Dannii Minogue.
“I had a crush on her. It was Dannii’s hair, the sexy clothes and the t**s. I was like a schoolboy. She was foxy. She was a real man’s girl. Very feminine," he is quoted as saying.
He adds: “It was genuine love.”
The pair enjoyed a brief fling before Dannii started dating model Kris, from whom she split last month.