Cowell fond of hotel living

Simon Cowell once wanted to live in hotels forever, he has admitted.

Simon Cowell once wanted to live in hotels forever, he has admitted.

The music mogul spent 18 months staying in a Mandarin Oriental hotel – a chain which is known for its luxurious resorts – and admits he contemplated never moving back home until he realised he was bored of their menus.

He said: "I like hotel rooms. It's easy. Clean. I lived in the Mandarin Oriental for a year and a half and I thought I'd never ever live in a house again.

"And then one day you can't eat from the room service menu anymore and that's it."

The 50-year-old star – who currently lives with his make-up artist fiancée Mezhgan Hussainy – also claimed that despite his multi-million pound fortune, he still leads a simple life.

He explained: "If you look in my kitchen you'll find jelly beans and baked beans, nothing fancy. I like 'Jaws' and 'Star Wars' rather than some Polish film with subtitles.

"A lot of the so-called great music of the world has bypassed me as well. I've just stuck to my guns. If I like it, there's a good chance other people will like it as well."

The TV talent show judge – who also owns his own TV production company and music publishing house Syco – admitted he was driven to succeed by his childhood neighbour, former Warner Bros. UK head Gerry Blatner.

He explained to Radio Times magazine: "As a kid, I would look over the fence at this great house and see everyone – Robert Mitchum, Elizabeth Taylor, all these great actors having the time of their lives. I remember thinking from a very, very early age: 'God, I hope I grow up and have a nice house so I can have parties like that'."

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