X Factor boss Simon Cowell admits to "paying off" ex-girlfriends

Simon Cowell

X Factor boss Simon Cowell has told how he pays off his ex-girlfriends to keep them happy, saying it's the "right thing to do". Speaking to the Daily Mirror last week however, he insisted not all of them get his unofficial payments...

He revealed: “Not all of them, that’s quite rare.”

But pressed whether the payments were made to more than one of his former lovers, the music mogul confessed: “Probably yeah. You can’t have somebody in your life who’s become accustomed to a certain thing, and just because you don’t want to be in the ­relationship any more say to them, no ­everything is cut off.”

He added: “It’s not alimony. It’s, I believe, doing the right thing. That comes back to me wanting them to be happy, you just can’t do it too many times.”

It certainly explains Sinitta's continued presence on The X Factor...

The comments come after weeks of rumours about Simon's current relationship with Mezhgan Hussainy, with whom he became engaged to last year.

Simon said recently he "didn't know" if the pair were still together, but his spokesperson has insisted everything is fine between the couple.

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