Simon Cowell Speaks Out About Major Health Update

Simon Cowell has revealed that he's been seeing a therapist for a year - and he wishes he started it years ago.
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Simon Cowell has shared a major health update with fans. 

Cowell, 63, is a highly influential pop mogul known for creating – and judging – on popular talent shows like Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor.

Throughout his career, Cowell has played a pivotal role in shaping the music industry and discovering and promoting numerous successful artists.

However, he’s suffered with his health in recent months, with fans growing concerned about his well-being after noticing changes in his appearance.

Now, Cowell has candidly spoken out about another issue he’s been battling with.

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At the Advertising Week Europe event, Cowell shared that he started seeing a therapist a year ago to cope with the stress of his work life.

Looking back, the American Idol judge expresses his regret for not seeking help earlier and emphasised that there is no shame in seeking therapy.

He says (via MailOnline): “I wish I’d done it 20 years ago because this is a very stressful business.”

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He highlights the importance of having a safe space to talk about his feelings without fear of judgment, referring to therapy as an exercise for the brain, much like exercising the body.

Cowell, the mastermind behind several TV talent shows across the world, acknowledges that therapy was once considered more of an American phenomenon, with Brits not fully grasping its benefits.

Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell has revealed that he’s been seeing a therapist for a year – and he wishes he started it years ago. Credit: ITV

He adds: “But, no, these people are really great people and they’re trained and their job is to make you work out what you think is a problem and they tell you it’s not quite the problem you think it is.'”

In a light-hearted manner, Cowell goes on to joke about his therapy sessions, quipping that they would make for an excellent reality show, particularly the couple’s therapy sessions.

He stresses the significance of perspective, explaining that there will always be others who perform better or worse than oneself – and finding personal balance is crucial for overall well-being.

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Cowell also admits that his previous obsession with TV ratings has taken a toll on his mental health.

As the years went by, the audience figures for The X Factor declined after a period of great success.

He admits: “I used to be obsessed with the ratings. Now, I don’t look at ratings. I just look at what we’re making and if I think it’s good, that is enough for me.

“But I think if you’re driven just by numbers, it will actually drive you, seriously, nuts. And it started to drive me nuts.”

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Written by Cal Gaunt

Cal is a former content editor at IGV who specialised in writing trending and entertainment news. He previously worked as a news reporter at the Lancashire Telegraph and earned an NCTJ in Sports Journalism.