Simon Cowell tightens up security at £15million mansion over fears gangs could target him
AFTER a terrifying raid left him fearing for his family’s safety, Simon Cowell is taking no chances with his latest home.
I can reveal the X Factor boss is tightening up security on his £15million mansion over fears gangs could target them again.
The move to secure a secret “blind spot” back entrance comes after his previous house in West London was raided in 2015 while he, his partner Lauren Silverman and son Eric slept.
The burglar, who killed a man ten days later while driving a stolen car on the wrong side of the road, took two passports and £1million worth of jewels.
A source said: “After the terrifying experience he had a few years ago Simon doesn’t want a repeat. He is only too aware of the threat of burglary and being in the public eye means he’s a potential target.
“When he bought the place he made plans for top-of-the- range security and these arrangements are ramping up his efforts even further. The most important thing to Simon is the safety of his family. No expense spared.”
He was granted planning permission to carry out the security measures last month. Works began on existing plans to build a swimming pool there last week.
The Britain’s Got Talent judge told a court in 2017 how the raid was “traumatic” and how he was in “constant fear” of a repeat. He said: “On reflection, I am very scared of what could have happened to my son if the burglar had gone into his room. The whole incident has been very traumatic and there is a constant fear that it may be repeated and that it may be worse next time.”
Burglar Darren February was jailed for eight years. He was already serving eight and a half years for causing death by dangerous driving. Simon was last month seen out walking in London for the first time since he broke his back falling off an electric bike in August. He was spotted wearing a mask and padded coat with gloves as he displayed his 20lbs weight loss thanks to a vegan diet.
The Sun recently reported that his TV company’s profits are down by nearly £30million. His ITV show Britain’s Got Talent will not return to screens until 2022 and neither will The X Factor.
SNEAKER PEEK OF SPORTY BEY
ANYONE wanting to pick up Beyonce’s new clobber is likely to get a bum deal, the prices are sure to be extortionate.
The singer posed with her famous rear end out to advertise her upcoming Adidas x Ivy Park collection.
She looked stunning draped across a plastic-wrapped white sofa wearing this skimpy brown outfit, although I’m scratching my head trying to work out exactly what activity it’s intended for.
At least the Runnin’ hitmaker’s white trainers gave us a clue that she is modelling for a sportswear brand.
But given her clothes normally sell out in minutes, she could wear socks and sandals and they would still fly off the shelves.
JAMES’ SY OF RELIEF
AFTER Simon Cowell walked away from his Syco record label last year and it later closed, there were many artists left wondering what their next step was.
But James Arthur has rightly been snapped up by music giant Columbia Records, which is promising to release his fourth album this year.
Fans will get a treat to whet their appetite next month when he releases a single. The Impossible singer said: “I consider it an honour to be signing to a label with such prestige – Columbia has signed iconic artists and musicians, many of which have inspired me along the way, so to add my name to a roster with so many legends is a sign of how far I’ve come and is a huge compliment.
“I’m very grateful to Columbia for wanting to work with me and am extremely excited to write this next chapter of my career with them. I’ve a feeling it will be some journey.”
Last year I revealed how Simon had quit Syco Music in an eight-figure deal with Sony Music, having lost acts including Little Mix and One Direction. James, who won The X Factor in 2012, has sold more than 30million records.
His 2016 album Back From The Edge reached No1 and last year he had a top ten hit, Lasting Lover, with DJ Sigala. I’d wish him good luck – but he doesn’t need it.
Brian May’s protegee and former X Factor contestant Talia Dean has released anti-love song The Devil I Know.
- THE Brit Awards has a new committee for the show which will take place in May this year instead of this month.
- Voting for the Rising Star Award has moved to between February 24 and March 5.
SMILES BETTER FOR RITA
WE’VE seen the different faces of Rita Ora over the past few months – but I’m glad we’re back to the one I know and love.
The singer posted these happy poses on Instagram and told how she is looking to work on a documentary about her rollercoaster life.
She said: “I feel like now we’re fighting even more to really stick up for ourselves.
"And I think maybe a documentary is something that I can show in the future, all the ups and downs and things.”
NO JABS FOR MATT
Matt Willis should have taken his song What I Go To School For a bit more seriously.
After the Busted guitarist volunteered to vaccinate people at his local Covid centre he was told he wasn’t qualified enough.
Matt told the Sappenin’ podcast: “You need two A levels to be able to do that.
"You can have an A level in f***ing woodwork, but apparently jumping up and down pulling faces and playing the bass doesn’t qualify.
“So I think all I will do is fill out the computer when they arrive and show them where to stand.
"I’m hoping to death someone turns up in Busted merchandise.”
NOT all footballers have the fashion sense of David Beckham – look at his former England team-mate Michael Owen modelling this shocker of an outfit.
Double denim is a no-no but he makes things even worse by posing in a jacket embroidered with 10, a number he wore for the Three Lions.
He rightly got stick from footie pals over the pics for Thai firm McJeans’s Legend On Legend range.
Paul Scholes compared him to cheesy Eighties singer Shakin’ Stevens, while Jamie Carragher, Emile Heskey and Stephen Warnock all laughed.
Becks’ sarong disaster is no longer the worst style nightmare I’ve seen.
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- Romeo Beckham’s tacky tattoo was rightly blasted by his girlfriend Mia Regan.
- Bruce Springsteen should know better than to allegedly drink and drive.
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