Cowell, Girlfriend Call It Splits

AI judge refused to settle down

By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 1, 2008 4:39 PM CDT

(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.”

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)
"Terri phoned Simon and finished it about six weeks ago," says Simon Cowell's rep. "They are going to remain close friends. He also understands her reason for ending it."   (Getty Images)
Simon Cowell and longtime girlfriend Terri Seymour have split after 6 years.   (Getty Images)
LONDON - DECEMBER 14: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) Music producer Simon Cowell and Terri Seymour attend the aftershow party following the British Comedy Awards 2005 at London Television Studios on December...   (Getty Images)
LONDON - MAY 07: Producer Simon Cowell (L) and model Terri Seymour arrive at the Pioneer British Academy Television Awards 2006 at the Grosvenor House Hotel on May 7, 2006 in London, England.   (Getty Images)
Simon Cowell might be a little grumpier this season on American Idol.   (Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - APRIL 06: American Idol judges Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell onstage during the taping of Idol Gives Back held at the Kodak Theatre on April 6, 2008 in Hollywood, California.   (Getty Images)
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