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Simon Cowell thought depression was ‘just his character’ in mental health struggle | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV



Simon Cowell has bravely opened up on his battle with depression – admitting that he withdrew from the world after being left ‘petrified’ he’d get sick. 

The America’s Got Talent music mogul, 63, has been dealing with a string of health fears over the past three years – including recovering from a nasty e-bike accident which resulted in him needing extensive surgery on his back. 

Speaking to The Mirror’s Men In Mind, Cowell said his time in isolation – further spurred on by the Covid lockdowns – made him ultimately seek therapy. 

He said: “I’ve suffered from depression over the years, I think we all have. But that was just something I just thought, ‘well, that’s my character trait’. You know? I get down and it’s something that you deal with.”


Calling Covid the ‘catalyst’ for him realising he needed help, he said he was left ‘petrified’ about getting the virus after some of his friends were heavily left severely sick during the height of the pandemic.

“I think it was during that time period when I started to think about things in a different way,” he explained. 

“Some very, very good friends of mine, who’ve been having therapy for years, who I just gravitated towards, just for advice, they were the ones I thought, ‘Oh, they’re the smart ones. They’re the balanced ones’, and they’ve been having therapy for a number of years and I thought, maybe I want to be like them.” 

He finally took their advice and help and sought out a therapist of his own – and by his admission, it’s proven a game changer in his way of life and well-being. 

He said: “I wish I’d done this 10/20 years ago, if I’m being honest with you.”


The past three years, starting around the time of the pandemic, have proven difficult for Cowell, who in August 2020 was in a potentially fatal e-bike accident. 

Flying off the motorized vehicle, the star was rushed into five hours of invasive surgery in order to fix his broken back. 

The break happened just centimeters away from his spinal cord, which if severed could have left him paralyzed. 

He’s also been forced to laugh off claims he’s had a facelift due to his ongoing shift in his appearance – though acknowledges he’s had ‘a bit of Botox’.

Currently he is back on America’s screens alongside Heidi Klum, Sofia Vergara and Howie Mandel for the latest season of America’s Got Talent. 


Now in its live stages, the star has seen some of the USA’s biggest and more bizarre talent acts perform – including a mother/son duo that set each other on fire, and a 12-year-old magician ventriloquist. 

It seems his own son, Eric, nine, is also taking a leaf out of their books, with Cowell admitting the youngster has dreams of becoming a drummer in a rock band. 

Earlier this week he confessed to Entertainment Tonight: “He’s now decided he’s going to audition for Britain’s Got Talent… I think he wants to be in a rock band.”

The British power mogul admitted Eric is particularly taken with pop-punk band Green Day. 

“That’s going to be total torture,”he added.


“I mean, of all the things I’ve ever done, this will probably be the hardest, because he does play drums,” Cowell added. 

“[He’s] going to drum and sing! I went, ‘Oh God, no.’”

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Holly Willoughby wows at NTAs without Schofield one year after being booed | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV



Holly Willoughby looked on incredible Tuesday night as she showed off her sense of style in a stunning lilac dress which skimmed the floor.

The gorgeous frock featured a bandeau style corset which cinched in her waist and highlighted her incredible figure as she made an appearance on the red carpet at the National Television Awards 2023.

The 42-year-old took to the red carpet solo as her former co-presenter Phillip Schofield sensationally quit his role on This Morning earlier this year.

The stunning attire designed by Suzanne Nevill London saw Holly put her incredible physique on display as she posed for photos ahead of the big event.


The blonde beauty looked ethereal in the figure-hugging dress which featured a long train.

Holly put on a brave face despite the ITV favourite getting booed when she took to the stage at the award ceremony last year.

The presenting duo attended the awards show on (October 13), where This Morning was named Best Daytime Show.

When she took to the stage alongside her former co-star Phillip the pair were met with faint boos by the audience.

It comes after the presenting duo sparked outrage amid claims the pair had skipped the queue when they went to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II at her lying in state in September 2022.


When taking to the stage, neither addressed the controversy, but Phil said the award means “so much to us every year, especially this year”.

He added: “Please don’t think we ever get complacent and please don’t think we ever take it for granted. This means so much to us every year, especially this year. We have the best boss.”

Holly’s appearance at this year’s NTAs comes in the wake of the Phillip scandal which has plagued This Morning after the longstanding presenter, who quit ITV altogether in May, admitted to an “unwise but not illegal affair” with a much younger colleague.

The 62-year-old has since unfollowed Holly on Instagram ahead of the ceremony but still follows her sister Kelly and at the time of writing Holly still follows Phillip on Instagram.

Holly and Phil had been among the regular nominees for best presenters until the long-running scandal, which has also seen staff on the show raise allegations of a “toxic” working environment and alleged bullying.


However, Holly has not been nominated this year and instead her co-star Alison Hammond has been nominated for best presenter.

The nomination is expected to break Ant and Dec’s 21-year winning streak.

The National Television Awards airs tonight on ITVX at 8pm.

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This Morning presenters booed by NTAs audience after ITV bosses feared it could happen | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV



Fears that ITV nominees were going to be booed at the National Television Awards appear to have come true.

ITV bosses reportedly feared that This Morning stars might be booed following the scandal that has engulfed the programme since Phillip Schofield dramatically left the show in May.

Phillip, 62, sensationally quit all of his TV roles following the admission that he had an “unwise but not illegal” affair with a younger male colleague.

Viewers watching the show at home heard booing from the crowd when the This Morning team appeared on screen.


Joel Dommett introduced Holly, Alison, Dermot and the rest of the team when the crowd reacted.

Fans were quick to take to X, formerly known as Twitter, to share what they heard.

One fan viewer said: “I heard boos for this morning I’m sorry if they win after all that’s happened, it’s a fix #NTAs2023.”

A second said: “Piers Morgan got more boos than This Morning lmao #NTAs2023.”

Whilst a third supported the This Morning team, writing: “People need to give the whole @thismorning drama a rest, there is zero need to boo someone you’ve never met but feel you “know” #NTAs2023.”


There were also concerns that fans may have taken aim at the cast and crew of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!.

Worries were raised due to Matt Hancock’s controversial appearance in the show. His participation attracted over 1,000 Ofcom complaints.

Despite the backlash, the reality TV show is up for the Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award, whilst show hosts Ant and Dec are up for the Best TV Presenter award.

Speaking of the worries, a source has claimed: “Bosses see this win as proof of I’m A Celebrity’s ongoing popularity but also a reflection of the fact that it returned to form in 2022 after Covid forced it to be filmed in the UK rather than Australia for two years.

“They don’t want that glorious moment on stage to be affected by anything negative, but they also know the strength of feeling against Matt.”


Piers Morgan was also booed as Joel pointed him out to the audience. Piers took it in good humour as the TalkTV host laughed and shook his head at the crowd’s reaction.

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Jeff Brazier in floods of tears as Strictly star son Bobby wins Rising Star gong at NTAs | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV



EastEnders newcomer Bobby Brazier has picked up an award at tonight’s NTAs.

The 20-year-old took to the stage and paid tribute to his dad, saying: “It has little to do with me and everything to do with my dad.”

Bobby looked nervous as he continued: “For over the course of the last 20 years, I’ve consistently heard him say, ‘Because I can’.”

He went on to say: “And him just saying that…because I can,” before lifting the award and beaming with pride.


The camera panned to his father Jeff Brazier, 44, who was visibly emotional as he watched his son scoop the award for Rising Star.

Fans went crazy on X, formerly known as Twitter, with @‌Floral_Fanatic_ writing: “Bobby Brazier is such a charming young guy & deserves all the success in the world. Jeff is such a great dad too @‌JeffBrazier #NTAs.”

@‌ZynaEnjoys posted: “Wow #BobbyBrazier speech #NTAs.”

@‌vscobie17 wrote: “How bloomin lovely was that speech! Bobby Brazier has been raised right! #NTAs #NTA2023.”

Whilst @‌geordiegalg said: “Could not be happier for Bobby Brazier. What an amazing young man he is, an absolute credit to his dad and his mum would be so proud too. He is going to be incredible on Strictly, I can’t wait! #NTAs #EastEnders.”


Bobby joined the cast of EastEnders earlier this year to play Freddie Slater.

Whilst on stage Bobby also thanked his EastEnders co-stars.

He praised them for being supportive, lovely and merciful, claiming that it was everything that he needed.

He also joked that his fellow cast are so good that he doesn’t need to ask questions – he can just observe and he automatically gets better.

After he received his award, Bobby told how he was going to celebrate his win saying: “I’ll have a dance tonight, if my dad wants to… I think I’m going to cry when I see him.”


He was also asked what he was going to do with his gong and thoughtfully responded: “I just want to go and give it to my dad, or Lacey Turner.”

Bobby is also set to appear as a contestant on the 21st series of Strictly Come Dancing in 2023

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