Simon Cowell Engaged To Long-Term Girlfriend Lauren Silverman

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On Jan. 11, Page Six confirmed the engagement of Simon Cowell, 62, to his long-term girlfriend Lauren Silverman, 44, after 13 years of dating. The entertainment world is reeling with excitement at this unexpected proposal.

Cowell reported bending the knee before their son, Eric, 7. According to an insider, the engagement happened on New Year’s Eve during the couple’s romantic getaway to Barbados, and “it was super sweet” because “they’re good together.”

Relationship History

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Lauren Silverman was married to Simon’s friend Andrew Silverman for ten years until their divorce in 2013. Coincidentally, she went public with her relationship with Cowell in the same year. They admitted their affair when news of Lauren’s pregnancy (of her now 7-year-old child, Eric) broke.

The music show judge expressed his adoration for Lauren in his Hollywood Walk of Fame Speech. He said, “Lauren, you’ve been my rock for the past few years. Put up with everything I’ve put up with.”

Why Get Engaged Now?

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The pandemic shook everyone worldwide, prompting people to hold their loved ones tighter and love them longer. Simon told OK! Magazine UK that it also influenced his relationship with Lauren. He said, “Covid-19 was the real test. Like everyone, we were in lockdown for a long time, and that’s when you realize whether or not you actually enjoy each other’s company or not and we really really did.” He added, “the romance is still alive. We’re closer than ever.”

Though they’re keeping their engagement tight-lipped, it appears Cowell is making good on his promise to Ryan Seacrest. He told the talk show host he wouldn’t expect Lauren to be a single mother, and now he’s making an honest woman of her.

How Is The Couple Celebrating Their Engagement?

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While Simon was previously opposed to marriage, he's ready to commit to a lifetime with Lauren and their three kids. The Sun reported in its exclusive that he felt it important to propose in the presence of the children "as he adores them both and the family they've become."

Though many frowned at the way their relationship started, you can't dictate when the lovebug bites. The couple is on cloud nine according to the source but they've kept it private like the rest of their relationship. Simon was, however, caught riding a bike outside his home since the announcement on Tuesday, and Lauren was spotted wearing her giant diamond rock.

Determined To Make It Work

"I'm not proud of the circumstances, I can't hold my head up about it," Simon said about the way his relationship with his fiance started. He, however felt protective over his new family then as he does now. There's no doubt the couple might get married in secret too, and keep the juicy details all to themselves.

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