Sun, sea and sniping: How Simon Cowell's warring women are coming to blows on holiday in Barbados
Simon Cowell may have thought he had lived through dramas and tantrums enough on this year’s X Factor.
But when his fiancée Mezhgan Hussainy arrived on his holiday, she brought with her fireworks so explosive that they put the hissy fits of Cher Lloyd in the shade.
To say there is trouble in paradise would be putting it mildly. And Simon’s ex-girlfriend, Sinitta Malone, is at the centre of the row.
For Sinitta has been with Simon since the holiday in Barbados began five days ago.
She’s brought her children and is staying on Cowell’s tab at the Sandy Lane Hotel but spending much time on his yacht, The Slipstream.
Cowell's Angels: Simon Cowell out with friends in Italy in August including his ex, Sinitta Malone (left) and fiancee Mezhgan Hussainy (far right)
However, now that his glossy girlfriend Mezhgan has arrived, this cosy arrangement seems to no longer suit.
After nearly a year of coming second or third behind Sinitta and Cowell’s other ex-girlfriend Jackie St Clair, Mezhgan is finally putting her foot down. She has demanded that Sinitta stay off her fiance’s yacht on New Year’s Eve - giving them one romantic night alone, at least.
Sinitta Tweeted a few hours after ‘Mish’ arrived: ‘If this was Dynasty, I seem to have found myself cast as Alexis! Against type but a great role. So lights, camera - action!’
It’s almost enough to make you feel sorry for Cowell - if it were not entirely his fault.
For his closeness to Sinitta and Jackie has loomed large in his rather detached romance with Mish - and may derail it altogether.
Betrothed: Simon Cowell with his fiancee Mezhgan Hussainy at the International Emmy Awards in November
Her dissatisfaction with Cowell’s exes was such that she considered not coming on holiday with him at all, after being told his girls would definitely be there.
For now, he has agreed to try to patch up their rocky romance by spending some time alone with her. But, true to form, his exes will be welcomed onto the yacht again on New Year’s Day. And his romantic first night with Mezhgan was spent on the terrace at the Sandy Lane - with Sinitta.
It’s all most peculiar, but then this romance is a decidedly odd affair.
One of his friends told me: ‘He isn’t smitten any more. He and Mish don’t have a romantic relationship - they are just friends.’
It seems there is no realistic prospect of a wedding to follow the engagement, which he announced in March, despite the enormous Graff diamond on Mish’s finger.
Eligible bachelor? Cowell has said in the past that he would never get married
Instead, she is facing the humiliation of being relegated back to girlfriend status.
awkwardness was clear when the couple were pictured together this
month, for the first time in 66 days, at the Emmys in New York.
clung to him in delight, he stared into the middle distance. A reporter
asked: ‘When’s the big day?’ Simon shot back: ‘What big day?’
How mortifying for Mezhgan.
aside from Cowell’s dependence on ‘Simon’s Angels’ — his exes Sinitta
and Jackie St Clair — there are also problems with his mum, Julie. This
former West End dancer preferred her son’s old squeeze Terri Seymour
and thinks 37-year-old make-up artist Mish is a career girl, who is in
the relationship only for what she can get out of it.
It must be said, those who know Cowell well were surprised when he proposed to Mish in Mr Chow’s in Knightsbridge on Valentine’s night.
He had said he never wanted to marry. And, as one of the world’s most eligible bachelors, the wealthy music mogul may have a point.
However, he turned 50 last October and it seems he thought again. He told Jay Leno in March: ‘I kinda made a decision this year to make somebody happy.’
It was assumed the somebody he referred to was Mish. But it seems he may have had Julie Cowell in mind.
Mrs Cowell, 84, said of his engagement: ‘I thought I would have departed from this world before it happened. I am so happy he has committed to this girl.’
A friend says: ‘His younger brother is happily married and he is always telling Simon what a sad, lonely person he is going to be as he gets older. It worries his family.
‘His parents had a very good marriage and his mum is the one person who he deep-down cares about an awful lot. The friend added: ‘There was a time when he was in love with the idea of being in love.’
He certainly gave that impression.
Simon Cowell is worth a staggering £165million - he earned £45million this year alone
When Mish returned to LA to work on American Idol he helped her move
into his Beverly Hills home. Simon met her parents, Mary and Syed, who
live in a modest house in the suburb of Sherman Oaks. Julie Cowell
joined them for a holiday and Simon gave Mish a vintage Jag for her
From the start, though, people close to Cowell were
dubious. ‘Simon is in love with his business. There isn’t time for a
family,’ his friend said.
‘Once they moved in together, reality hit and the romance cooled.’
By the time Mish arrived in the UK in June, Simon was too busy with X Factor auditions to give her much attention. Then, in September, she returned to LA and they began a two-month separation, which may yet deepen into a complete split.
Simon’s publicist Max Clifford insists things are fine: ‘She is in the U.S. a lot as that is where she works. He understands that as he is a workaholic himself.’
And what of the engagement?
Clifford chooses his words with care: ‘I would be surprised - but delighted - if he ever gets married.’
Friendly: Hussainy leaving C London restaurant on Sunday night with Cowell's X Factor friend Louis Walsh
Unfortunately for Mish, with Cowell preparing to launch The X Factor USA - the biggest challenge of his career - he now has even less time.
Adding to this are rumours linking him romantically with Cheryl Cole. They share cigarette breaks at work and Cheryl is one of the few visitors to his dressing room before The X Factor shows. Sometimes they have dinner together before going on air.
He has said it would be a ‘fantasy’ come true to kiss her; she says he is so charismatic it’s as if she has been put in a trance when they speak.
He told an interviewer: ‘When I’m sitting next to her, I forget everyone else.’ Yet the pair deny a romance.
Louis Walsh - blamed by Cowell’s camp for starting the rumours out of ‘jealousy’ of their closeness - says: ‘He is too old for her, not her type.’
For now, Mish is choosing to ignore all the omens. ‘I still love him, he says he loves me and we are still engaged - as far as I know,’ she says.
It’s brave of her to keep believing. But you can’t help wondering if next Christmas she will be packing her bikini for a cruising holiday with her ex-fiance... and his ex-girlfriends.
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