Simon Cowell Reminds People He Isn’t Gay After Recording of 2 Men Discussing His Sexuality Is Played During a Trial in England

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Simon Cowell‘s sexuality became a hot topic in a U.K. courtroom last week after a recording was played during a trial that otherwise had nothing to do with the famed TV star and record exec, in which his former manager was heard claiming that Cowell was gay. According to reports, another man identified as Mazher Mahmood asks Gareth Varey, the ex-manager, if Cowell is gay and Varey replies, “Yes.” Asked how he supposedly knew that, Varey responds, “I know people who have.”

Not that there’d be anything wrong with that—but it simply isn’t true.

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“Simon was referred to during the trial without forewarning, resulting in widespread media coverage of untrue claims regarding his private life,” attorneys for Cowell, 54, said in a statement to E! News. “In 2014 the question of whether someone is or is not gay is antiquated. (As it happens he isn’t, though if he were, he would simply have said so).”

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His legal camp continued: “However, the issue was the false suggestion made by Mr. Varey that Simon—who is renowned for his honesty and candidness—had thus not been truthful in the public arena and this is what we have been obliged to clarify.”

Considering Cowell is beloved (and despised, but in a love-to-hate-him way) for his candor, he understandably wanted to put a rumor to rest that implied he had been any less than honest.

The reliably acerbic Brit, meanwhile, became a first-time dad on Valentine’s Day, welcoming son Eric with girlfriend Lauren Silverman. And fatherhood seems to agree with Cowell, who has shared some positively adorable pics of his baby boy.

Moreover, the X Factor judge now has, in addition to finally settling down after years of bachelorhood,yet another thing in common with George Clooney.

“Who does it hurt if someone thinks I’m gay?” Clooney told The Advocate in 2012 when asked about the oft-circled rumor that he preferred men to women. “I’ll be long dead and there will still be people who say I was gay. I don’t give a s–t.”

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