America’s Got Talent judge Simon Cowell passed his own hearing. Cowell got engaged to his longtime girlfriend Lauren Silverman on a recent trip to Barbados. Cowell and Silverman met in 2004 and went public in 2013. They are the parents of a 7-year-old son Eric.
Cowell, 62, made her request in front of their son and Silverman’s son from a previous marriage, Adam, on Christmas Eve, a source told The Sun. “Simon and Lauren are ridiculously, appallingly in love – unbelievably, the lockdown has brought them closer than ever,” the source said. The proposal came as a total surprise to Silverman, 44, who “never expected him to ask the question in a million years,” the source said.
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“It was important to Simon that the children were there too, because he adores them both and the family they have become,” the source continued. “Lauren has been Simon’s rock the last few years – supporting him when he broke his back, and through thick and thin in general. They are a wonderful couple. Although Simon never thought he was the type to get married, he realized he had met the woman of his dreams – and couldn’t be happier. In Beyoncé’s words, it was time to put a ring on. ”
While Cowell has not commented on the engagement on Instagram, his reps have confirmed the happy news to PEOPLE. Another source told the magazine that the two were “both super happy.” They “have been together for a long time now and adore each other so it’s not a huge surprise to their close friends,” the source said.
Cowell and Silverman welcomed their son Eric in February 2014. Although they met in 2004, they started dating in 2013, when Silverman and her first husband, Andrew Silverman, were in the process of getting divorced. Their divorce was finalized in August 2013. The process garnered media coverage because Andrew Silverman accused Silverman of adultery in the divorce papers. At the time, Silverman released a statement, asking the media to respect their privacy for the sake of their son.
This will be Cowell’s first marriage. He was previously engaged to Mezhgan Hussainy from 2010 to 2011. Cowell is best known for his career as a judge on The X Factor, Pop Idol, American Idol, Britain’s Got Talent and America’s Got Talent. He also founded the media entertainment company Syco.