Cowell, Girlfriend Call It Splits

AI judge refused to settle down
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 1, 2008 4:39 PM CDT
Simon Cowell and Terri Seymour first met when she was 18, but the couple didn't begin dating until she interviewed him for a show in 2002.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Watch out, Simon Cowell may be extra grouchy this season: The American Idol judge and his longtime girlfriend have split after 6 years, People reports. Cowell’s rep said Terri Seymour, 34, “phoned Simon and finished it about six weeks ago.” The couple met when Seymour interviewed the acerbic TV judge for a British show.

“They are going to remain close friends,” Cowell’s rep added. “He understands her reason for ending it." Seymour wanted to have a family, but “that just isn’t Simon.” Cowell, 48, told the Mirror, “I don’t believe in marriage, certainly not in this business. The truth is that you get married and in a year or two they clean you out.”