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Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman's relationship timeline

The American Idol judge is planning to marry his partner of ten years in 2023

Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman posing on a red carpet smiling
Hannah Watkin
Content Writer
13 April 2023
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Simon Cowell has it all as he balances being the star of TV talent shows such as American Idol, The X Factor, and the Got Talent franchise, along with settling into a quieter family life.

But what do we know about his and his future wife Lauren Silverman's loving relationship?

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Simon and Lauren have been together for ten years

Although Simon is at home under the spotlight when judging competitions, the America's Got Talent star chooses to keep his personal life with Lauren and their son Eric further from the public eye.

With that being said, the star has sometimes opened up about their bond to the media, such as when he spoke to HELLO! at the Variety Awards in 2022.

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Join HELLO! as we look into everything the couple has said about their relationship, from their very first meeting almost 20 years ago to their most recent few months of wedding planning.

How did Simon Cowell meet Lauren Silverman?

The X Factor judge met his future fiancée for the first time while on vacation in 2004. The British-born star and the American socialite were both visiting Barbados at the same time and staying at the Sandy Lane resort.

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The couple in 2015

However, at the time Lauren was already married to Andrew Silverman – a close friend of the talent show judge. 

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Lauren and Simon became friends following the shared vacation, but there was no sign of an affair developing between them at this point. But several years later, the connection which they made did result in a more serious relationship.

When did Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman start dating?

Despite meeting in the early aughts, it is believed the couple only began dating in 2012. When their relationship began, Lauren was still married to Andrew.

News broke of Simon and Lauren's affair in July 2013 when the TV personality's former friend filed for divorce from his partner after learning that Lauren was expecting a baby with Simon. The talent show mogul - whose fortune is estimated at $600million - was cited as a "co-respondent" in the court papers for adultery.

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Lauren and Simon in August 2013

While the media reported on both Lauren's pregnancy and the couple's affair, a representative for Simon released a statement saying: "This is a very sensitive issue and all media enquiries are being dealt with by his U.S. attorney." Simon has since spoken up about how he was "not proud" of the affair which started the couple's relationship.

"It is not something I am proud of or wanted to happen in terms of hurting anyone," he told the Daily Mirror in 2014. "It just happened. You have to deal with it and man up to it. You have to accept the responsibility and the criticism."

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The couple sharing a kiss in 2014

Following Lauren's divorce, the couple travelled to France in August 2013 for a short vacation, before later making their romance official during a dinner out in London with friends. Since then the pair have enjoyed many red carpet outings together.

How many children does Simon Cowell have?

Simon has two children. He is the stepfather of Lauren's son from her previous marriage, Adam, and the father of another son called Eric, who he shares with Lauren. Eric was born on Valentine's Day 2014, after the couple had been dating for around a year and a half.

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The family all together in August 2018

While being interviewed by the BBC in August 2013, the TV star revealed he hadn't considered having children in the past, saying: "It's something I hadn't thought of before." However, his mind evidently changed after he met Lauren.

"I'm proud to be a dad," he revealed, explaining: "Now I know I feel good about it."

During an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show in 2021, Simon revealed more about his shift in opinion, saying: "After I lost my parents, I genuinely felt, Kelly, I would never feel that kind of love for anyone ever again. I thought that was it… until I saw the scan of [Eric] for the first time."

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Lauren, Simon and Eric in September 2022

"From that moment I saw the scan, I was like 'That is it, I'm besotted,'" he continued. "Now I just cannot imagine my life without him. He's the most amazing thing that ever happened to me – I adore him."

The America's Got Talent star's son is now ten years old, and is growing to look ever more like his famous father. But Lauren's genes are also strong, as evidenced by how much Eric looks like his half-brother Adam, who is now 17 and already exploring college opportunities.

Is Simon Cowell married?

No, Simon and his partner of ten years are yet to tie the knot. However, on Christmas Eve 2021 the talent show judge proposed to Lauren, meaning a wedding is very much on the cards for the pair very soon.

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The Britain's Got Talent host in January 2023

The 63-year-old proposed to Lauren in Barbados, likely in a loving reference to the vacation 18 years ago when they first met. The event was a private one, although both Adam and Eric are believed to have been there to witness the romantic moment when Simon presented Lauren with the stunning diamond engagement ring.

Shortly after the news broke, Simon's good friend Amanda Holden confessed she was surprised that he had actually proposed to Lauren.

"Simon said he would never get married, and obviously Lauren has been by his side, and you know they've been through so much together," she said on her Heart FM radio show that week. "I think she's the one, but I don't know if she ever thought he would put a ring on it."

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The pair have been engaged for a year

Speaking in February 2022, Simon revealed the couple's son Eric had a big part in coaching him towards the proposal. "One hundred percent he had to coach me. And we planned it. He was a big part of it," he told Entertainment Tonight.

He later explained how the pandemic had also contributed to his changed stance on marriage. "I think after everything all of us had gone through over the past two years, it has changed our lives in so many ways," he said. "Family is everything and that is what I kind of took away from it."

Although there were rumors to suggest the couple were aiming to wed in mid-2022, it appears the pair are still preparing for their special day one year on from their proposal. Breaking with tradition, Simon has been open about how he is the one that is planning the wedding.

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Simon arriving for an America's Got Talent taping in April 2023

Speaking with The Sun in December 2022 the Britain's Got Talent star revealed: "I like to make everything spontaneous, and doing that will make it a lot more fun." As such,  further news on when and how the pair will be tying the knot is hard to find.

In April 2023, he did however confidently tell reporters at the premiere taping for America's Got Talent season 18 that planning his wedding had so far been "easy".

Does Lauren Silverman live with Simon Cowell?

Yes, Simon and Lauren live with Eric and Adam in the media mogul's impressive property portfolio. The couple divide their time between London and the US, and therefore have purchased homes in both countries.

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In London, the family live in an impressive six-bedroom mansion located in the opulent London-area of Holland Park. They also own a mansion in Wimbledon.

Meanwhile, while in the US the family split their time between impressive homes in both Malibu and Los Angeles

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