Simon Cowell: Dannii Minogue and I had a secret "love" affair during X Factor

'I had a crush on her. It was her hair, the sexy clothes…she was foxy': Simon Cowell reveals his 'love' for Dannii Minogue

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14:22 GMT, 15 April 2012

Simon Cowell has revealed that he felt 'genuine love' for Dannii Minogue as it emerges that he had a love affair with the singer.

The music mogul, 52, has admitted he felt 'like a schoolboy' around the Australian star during her time as a judge on the X Factor.

Details of the affair have been revealed in a book entitled The Intimate Life Of Simon Cowell, written by former BBC journalist Tom Bower, but Cowell clearly isn't worried about the publication.

'Genuine love': Simon Cowell has admitted he felt 'like a schoolboy' during his alleged affair with Dannii Minogue

'Genuine love': Simon Cowell has admitted he felt 'like a schoolboy' during his alleged affair with Dannii Minogue

The dark-haired star took to his Twitter page late last night to poke fun at the revelations, saying: 'Just seen the TV ad for the unauthorised book on me. Yikes!'

In the book, there are several quotes from Cowell speaking about the affair – 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.'

Not bothered: The music mogul poked fun at the revelations via his Twitter page last night

Not bothered: The music mogul poked fun at the revelations via his Twitter page last night

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.

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.

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

More than friends According to a new book Simon Cowell had a short-lived relationship with Dannii Minogue in 2007

More than friends According to a new book Simon Cowell had a short-lived relationship with Dannii Minogue in 2007

'I probably was… but I think most people would if they were sitting next to her. She was probably sticking it out on purpose.

'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.'

However, fans of the ITV talent show will remember that the pair didn't always sit next to each other.

Flirty behaviour: The two stars were often seen fooling around with each other on the X Factor

Flirty behaviour: The two stars were often seen fooling around with each other on the X Factor

When Minogue first appeared on the
show back in 2007, she took pride place at the judging panel sitting
next to Cowell while fellow female judge Sharon Osbourne sat next to
Louis Walsh.

This was also around the same time when Minogue was forced to deny that she was close to the X Factor
mogul after the publication of a photo appeared to show the pair apparently holding
hands 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.'

'New toy': Cowell made sure that the singer sat right next to him when she joined the X Factor judging panel back in 2007

'New toy': Cowell made sure that the singer sat right next to him when she joined the X Factor judging panel back in 2007

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Still on good terms: Cowell is seen out regularly with his ex-girlfriends Sinitta (L) and Terri Seymour

Still on good terms: Cowell is seen out regularly with his ex-girlfriends Sinitta (L) and Terri Seymour

No longer together: Cowell became engaged to make up artist Mezhgan Hussainy in February 2010 but quietly broke it off

No longer together: Cowell became engaged to make up artist Mezhgan Hussainy in February 2010 but quietly broke it off

But it is not sure how this claim coincides with Cowell's relationship with make-up artist Mezhgan Hussainy whom he became engaged to in February 2010, but then quietly broke it off.

The X Factor boss is well-known for staying on good terms with his ex-girlfriends which include Terri Seymour and eighties pop singer SInitta.

Cowell has been seen out socialising with both ladies since splitting with them and even plays the role of godfather to Sinitta's children.

So it would be no surprise if he and Minogue did have an affair but continued as friends afterwards as Cowell makes it look so easy.

But two people who may not remain on such good terms is Minogue and her boyfriend Kris Smith.

The couple – who have a one-year-old son Ethan – announced their separation earlier this month, with there even being rumours that the male model might have cheated on his Australian girlfriend.

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