Since I’ve known Simon Cowell, I’ve only seen him cry three times – it was always about his parents 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 25

‘I could never play for any Premier League club other than Chelsea,' said John Terry 

‘I could never play for any Premier League club other than Chelsea,' said John Terry 

Kevin Pietersen hosted a celebrity charity golf event for his foundation today, at the famous Wentworth Club. 

The weather was diabolical. ‘Golf is a good walk spoiled,’ said Mark Twain. And that’s when the sun shines. 

When it rains, golf is like swimming in the desert – you can make all the right moves, but you’re going nowhere fast. 

I had breakfast with Ashes legends Shane Warne and Michael Vaughan. The latter’s phone rang and it showed ‘ROBBIE SAVAGE CALLING’. 

Michael passed it to me and winked.

‘Ow do mate,’ I answered in my best Yorkshire accent.

‘Alright mate!’ came the chirpy reply. 

‘Of course I’m alright you curly-haired d***head,’ I responded. There was a silence. 

‘Sorry?’ 

‘You ’eard.’ 

‘Is that you Vaughany?’ 

‘No mate,’ I clarified, ‘it’s Piers Morgan.’ 

He laughed, a little nervously, we chatted for a minute or so, then hung up. Two minutes later, Savage called back. 

Michael answered this time, burst out laughing, then put his hand over the microphone and told me: ‘He doesn’t believe that was you either…’ 

The golf went as badly as I feared, and I came 69th out of 72 after shanking my way through the torrent. The only surprise was that three people apparently played even worse than me.

Afterwards, I had a chat with Chelsea captain John Terry. 

We’d met once before during filming of The Apprentice show for Comic Relief in 2006, when he gleefully helped Arsenal traitor Ashley Cole pelt me with wet sponges in the stocks on a freezing cold night. 

Send your Twitter questions about the rich, famous and infamous to @piersmorgan using the hashtag #askpiers – and every week I’ll answer the most amusing

Send your Twitter questions about the rich, famous and infamous to @piersmorgan using the hashtag #askpiers – and every week I’ll answer the most amusing

‘Ashley made me do it...’ he explained tonight. 

An excuse I suspect he’s used a few times over the years. Terry was substituted at half-time last week by Jose Mourinho, the first time this has ever happened to him in the Premier League. 

‘Now Jose doesn’t love you any more, how about a switch to Arsenal?’ I suggested. 

Terry grinned. ‘Nice try…’ 

‘I’m serious. We’ve got your old mate Petr Cech in goal, so you’d be amongst friends.’ 

‘I couldn’t do that,’ he said, shaking his head. ‘I could never play for any Premier League club other than Chelsea.’ 

‘Never?’ 

‘Never.’ 

‘Not even with your manager chucking you under the bus?’ 

‘Jose’s the best manager I’ve ever had,’ he chuckled. ‘I’d chuck myself under a bus for him.’ 

Terry’s not everyone’s cup of tea. 

But there’s something very admirable about such professional loyalty, especially in a game now so rife with greed and selfishness. 

To my dismay, Terry was also very charming and friendly. 

It’s always a mistake to meet your anti-heroes. 

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26

Two American TV journalists have been shot dead by a lunatic live on air. 

It’s yet another appalling gun tragedy in a country where such violence is now a daily occurrence. 

People often ask me what it will take to make Americans actually do something to try and stop this mayhem. 

I honestly shudder to think. If 20 schoolchildren being shot to pieces in their classrooms in Newtown, Connecticut, didn’t effect any change in gun laws, what the hell will? 100? 1,000? 10,000? 

I don’t use these numbers lightly. The volume of massacres and the power of the weapons freely available to civilians is increasing all the time. 

One day soon we’re going to wake up to a death toll from a U.S. gun outrage on this scale. 

It has a hideous inevitability. 

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 30

I watched The X Factor tonight and saw Simon Cowell crying. 

It’s an event so rare that viewers were shocked. But I wasn’t. 

In the 25 years I’ve known Simon, I’ve only witnessed him shed a tear three times, either privately or in public. It was always about his parents.

I watched The X Factor tonight and saw Simon Cowell crying. It’s an event so rare that viewers were shocked. But I wasn’t. In the 25 years I’ve known Simon, I’ve only witnessed him shed a tear three times

I watched The X Factor tonight and saw Simon Cowell crying. It’s an event so rare that viewers were shocked. But I wasn’t. In the 25 years I’ve known Simon, I’ve only witnessed him shed a tear three times

The first came during our Life Stories interview, when he spoke about his father Eric, who died in 1999 on the same day Simon had his first No 1 hit with Westlife. 

The second was at a private event to celebrate his winning a lifetime achievement award at the MIPCOM TV festival in Cannes last October. 

He startled guests then by openly weeping as he said: ‘I just wish my dad was here to see this.’ 

What the star-studded audience didn’t know, but I did, was that his mum Julie had been taken very seriously ill a few days before and wasn’t expected to survive. 

Simon’s tears were as much for her as his father. 

For the next nine months, Julie’s life hung in the balance. It was an excruciatingly painful time for all the family. 

So when I saw Simon’s tears tonight, which came just a few days after Julie had died, I knew how real and heartfelt they were, and who they were for. 

Simon  may be hugely rich and successful now, but I’m sure he would give it all up for the chance to see his parents again (pictured with mum Julie in 2002)

Simon  may be hugely rich and successful now, but I’m sure he would give it all up for the chance to see his parents again (pictured with mum Julie in 2002)

I partied with her over the years from Barbados to Royal Ascot and she was fantastic fun – a tough, no-nonsense, glamorous, witty lady who loved showbusiness and all that went with it. 

No Britain’s Got Talent show would be complete without Julie appearing to give us her verdict afterwards, and she could be just as acerbic as her son! 

She was also the only person in the world who could boss Simon around – something he was very happy to admit. 

He may be hugely rich and successful now, but I’m sure Simon would give it all up for the chance to see his parents again. 

They were the rock of love, support and stability which enabled him to become one of the world’s biggest stars. 

‘I owe them everything,’ he once told me. 

So when I watched Simon cry tonight, my heart ached for him. 

 

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