Simon Cowell ‘unaware of Schofield scandal’ due to behind scenes struggles

Simon Cowell ‘unaware of Schofield scandal’ due to behind scenes struggles

Simon Cowell discusses coronavirus and mental health

Simon Cowell revealed the Phillip Schofield scandal earlier this year completely passed him by when he ditched his phone and stopped reading the news after undergoing therapy. 

The Britain’s Got Talent judge, 63, has spoken out after battling mental health struggles for years, notably following surgery on his back in 2020.

However, speaking on the Mirror’s Men in Mind podcast, Simon said the Covid pandemic worsened his symptoms as he stressed over how he could protect his fiancé Lauren, 46, and nine-year-old son, Eric.

As a result, Simon knew he had to make a change and decided to stop reading the media and get rid of his phone. 

Therefore, despite working on ITV for more than 20 years, Simon was left unaware when This Morning presenter Phillip Schofield resigned from the broadcaster after admitting to an affair with a younger male colleague.

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Speaking on The Mirror’s podcast, which is in association with mental health charity Mind, the former X Factor judge said he was encouraged by his friends to try therapy. 

Despite his apprehension, Simon made an appointment. He explained: “I sat down, really embarrassed and I said, ‘Look, I just don’t know where to start’. 
“But within about 20 minutes it was as if I’d known him for 10, 20 years. He put me so much at ease. And you realise you’re talking to a professional and they don’t judge you, they listen to you.” 

The media mogul hopes by going public men will realise there’s “nothing to be fearful of” and no one will “judge you differently” if you need someone to talk to.

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In the past, Cowell has described being prone to struggling with low moods.

Speaking to Oprah Winfrey in 2010, he said: “When I’m like that I kind of feel like going into some slight hibernation. I’m very dark when I’m in those moments… I get very, very down. Don’t come near me. (I’m) like a bear in a cage.”

Last year, following back surgery after an e-scooter accident, Simon told The Sun: “I was very, very, very, low.

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