Did Simon Cowell do the dirty on Dannii Minogue by allowing details of their fling to emerge in new book
12:49 GMT, 16 April 2012
It's the story that has shocked the showbiz world – the revelation that Dannii Minogue and Simon Cowell enjoyed a brief romance during their time working together on The X Factor.
However, after details of the pair's relationship emerged in journalist Tom Bower's new book Sweet Revenge: The Intimate Life Of Simon Cowell, many fans have come forward to question just how much the music mogul knew about what the book would reveal.
While Cowell has himself confirmed that the book is 'unauthorised', some have suggested that if he wanted details of the affair to remain a secret, he could have ensured that they were not revealed.
As they were: Some have suggested that if Simon Cowell had wanted details of his romance with Dannii Minogue to remain private rather than be revealed, he could have stopped it
Speaking to MailOnline this morning, author Bower said that he was first told about the romance with Dannii by a source close to Cowell.
He said: 'Simon was furious at first when he found out that I had found out about the relationship.'
Asked if Cowell had eventually confirmed that the romance had taken place, Bower replied: 'Yes, he did.'
Juicy: The claims have been made in Tom Bower's new book about Cowell
Cowell's spokesperson declined to comment.
said that he was first told about the romance with Dannii by a source
close to Cowell. However, it is not clear whether the person who
revealed the relationship is still in contact with Cowell.
said: 'I spent hundreds of hours talking to Simon, travelling around
the world with him on his private jets and his yachts.'
Bower conducted a year-long investigation into Cowell's life, with some access last year to the mogul before writing the unauthorised book.
He added: 'Simon has not read the book, he has not seen any of the text and he won't be able to read it until it goes on sale this Friday.'
Cowell last night took to his Twitter page to tell his followers: 'Just seen the TV ad for the unauthorised book on me. Yikes!'
In Bower's book, there are several quotes from Cowell
speaking about the romance – even though Dannii and Simon had both denied
it in 2008 when it was alleged to have taken place – before she got
together with Kris Smith.
He is quoted as saying: 'I had a crush
on her. It was Dannii's hair, the sexy clothes and the t**s. I was like
a schoolboy. She was foxy. She was a real man's girl. Very feminine.'
Bower's book describes how Dannii became Cowell's target when he changed the X
Factor judging panel in 2007 to include her, allegedly calling her a
Out and about: Cowell was seen leaving London's C restaurant late last month, while Dannii last night appeared at the Logie Awards in Australia
The same year, Cowell said: 'Dannii reckons there’s a picture on The X Factor website where I’m staring at her bottom.
'I probably was… but I think most people would if they were sitting next to her. She was probably sticking it out on purpose.
guy in the world fancies Dannii. She’s become a sex symbol since
joining the show, and the contestants love her. She’s got that Sophia
Loren, movie-star sex appeal, I love sitting next to her.'
Dannii last night made her first public appearance since the romance claims first emerged, taking to the stage at the Logie Awards in Melbourne, Australia.