Simon Cowell replies to gay claims
Simon Cowell has denied that he is gay following the collapse of the drugs trial of singer Tulisa Contostavlos.
During the course of the trial a recording was played of Contostavlos' PA Gareth Varey telling a Sun on Sunday undercover reporter that the X Factor impresario was gay.
Varey was heard saying that, although he didn't find Cowell attractive, and had never slept with him, he knew men who had been to bed with him.
In a statement, Cowell's spokesperson said:
"Simon was referred to during the trial without forewarning, resulting in widespread media coverage of untrue claims regarding his private life.
"In 2014 the question of whether someone is or is not gay is antiquated. (As it happens he isn't, though if he were, he would simply have said so).
"However, the issue was the false suggestion made by Mr Varey that Simon — who is renowned for his honesty and candidness — had thus not been truthful in the public arena and this is what we have been obliged to clarify."