Simon Cowell Opens Up for 50th Birthday

In honor of his 50th birthday this week, American Idol judge Simon Cowell wrote a 3,500-word letter in the Daily Mail for his "shallow, reckless, cocky younger self."

Cowell, who has earned his reputation of being the toughest judge to impress on American Idol, might win some fans over with his personal reflection on his life and career. Some highlights include:

On what he has learned: "You have also learned, perhaps more importantly, never to borrow money. Well, maybe once you had a small mortgage, but for many years you have bought all your houses and cars outright. Cash on the nail."

On his days when he ran Fanfare Records: "You have big hits with a few artists, primarily with Sinitta, who is also your girlfriend. You are on a roll and think that the good times will last for ever but, oh dear, Simon. You are so, so wrong. Look at you. You look like a complete idiot. Could you be any worse? You are about as bad an example of Eighties' excess as you could possibly be."

On his 50th birthday party: "You are tremendously excited about this party. When you were a small boy, your parents lived next door to one of the bosses at Elstree film studios. You remember peering over the garden wall and seeing the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton at a fabulous party. And what you remember, most vividly, is that you wanted to be at that party. You wanted to join in. Well, this time the party is all yours. It is going to be a great night. So happy birthday!"

The letter goes on-and-on but it’s an interesting look at a different side of the guy we have known for his v-neck t-shirts and signature scowl.

Let’s hope Cowell gets all of the lovey-dovey reflection moments out of his system before American Idol starts in January!

Do you think Simon Cowell will change his ways now that he’s turning 50? Chime in below!

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