19 MARCH 2008

Although he's known as TV's Mr Nasty, Simon Cowell proved he's anything but while appearing as a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show in the US this week. After learning of a three year old girl's battle with a rare form of cancer, the music industry mogul gave the world a glimpse of his caring side when he paid off her struggling family's £80,000 mortgage.

Appearing on the hit talk show with singing sensation Leona Lewis, Simon was almost moved to tears by a video in which three-year-old cancer patient Madelaine Stoen's parents told of the financial troubles they were facing due to her illness.

"I know you are having problems with your mortgage," big-hearted Simon told the parents as they joined him on stage. "As of this afternoon, your mortgage has been paid off."

Afterwards, the X Factor judge told Oprah: "The money for me is not the important part. It's when you see that film and that little girl. I said to the parents, 'It doesn't stop there. If there are any problems, I'm her guardian angel now.'"

Photo: © Alphapress.com
The X Factor judge was deeply moved by the plight of the Stoen family (above), whose three-year-old daughter suffers from a rare form of cancer. After they spoke of their financial worries, big-hearted Simon stepped in and declared he'd pay off their mortgagePhoto: © Oprah Winfrey Show
Photo: © Alphapress.com
The act of generosity came as Simon appeared as a guest on Oprah's hit talk show along with Bleeding Love singer Leona LewisPhoto: © Oprah Winfrey Show
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