Simon Cowell and Dannii Minogue: "I was like a schoolboy. It was genuine love"

'I was like a schoolboy. It was genuine love': Simon Cowell's affair with Dannii Minogue

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02:22 GMT, 15 April 2012

Simon Cowell's affair with Dannii Minogue has been revealed in a new book.

The music mogul, 52, said what he felt for the Australian star was 'genuine love', saying he was 'like a schoolboy'.

Details of the affair have been revealed in a book entitled The Intimate Life Of Simon Cowell, written by former BBC journalist Tom Bower.

Affair: Simon Cowell and Dannii Minogue appeared to be holding hands as they left the BBC Studio in White City in 2007

Affair: Simon Cowell and Dannii Minogue appeared to be holding hands as they left the BBC Studio in White City in 2007

In the book, Cowell speaks about the affair – 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.'

He is also quoted as saying: 'It was genuine love.'

Although it's also claimed in the book
that Simon felt he was not ready for a relationship having split with
long-term girlfriend Terri Seymour before Dannii became his conquest.

Affair: According to a new book Simon Cowell had a short-lived relationship with Simon Cowell in 2007

Affair: According to a new book Simon Cowell had a short-lived relationship with Dannii Minogue in 2007

The 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 'new toy'.

And that same year, he 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.

Genuine love: The new book claims Simon Cowell felt 'like a schoolboy'

Genuine love: The new book claims Simon Cowell felt 'like a schoolboy'

'Every 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.'

In
2008 Dannii Minogue denied a photo that she was close to the X Factor
mogul after the publication of a photo where she was apparently holding
hands with Cowell in the back of a car.

She said: 'We were not holding hands. But no one believes me. It was the angle of the picture.'

Before they met: Dannii Minogue's fling with Simon Cowell happened before she got together with Kris Smith

Before they met: Dannii Minogue's fling with Simon Cowell happened before she got together with Kris Smith

It's also alleged that he took pleasure in the rift between Sharon Osbourne and Dannii.

And the book also claims that Cowell attempted to sleep with another Australian pin-up Natalie Imbruglia as recently as last year.

It says that he invited her aboard his yacht Slipstream, having already had a brief fling with her.

However, they had nothing more than a “K & C” (kiss and a cuddle) according to the book.