In 2017 Simon Cowell was forced to take a rare break from work when he was rushed to hospital after a fall at his home. That health scare then prompted the music mogul to change his lifestyle – and he made a promise to his young son into the bargain.
Born in Lambeth, London, in 1959, Simon Cowell began his showbiz career working as a runner on classic horror The Shining. His start in music was similarly humble: at one point, he worked in the EMI mail room. In the 1980s, however, he formed several record companies and subsequently scored his first major hit via then-girlfriend Sinitta.