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Simon Cowell: I’ve Deserved It in FT.com

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Matthew Garrahan, the Financial Times’ guy in LA, finally got a sit-down with Simon Cowell. He tells FBLA:

I hadn’t met him before. I spent months trying to arrange the interview and kept getting put off by his PRs because he didn’t have time. Then suddenly he was ready to do it so I went up to his place. There was no PR there–just me and him–(his girlfriend was floating around too).
He’s very media savvy but didn’t dodge any questions and smoked a load of cigarettes. I suppose I was expecting him to live in a highly secure gated develepment/celeb hideout but it was just a regular house (albeit a very nice one). We talked a lot about his business–I think usually when he does interviews it’s with the UK tabloids who ask him about his girlfriend /private life etc. The surprising thing was that he was actually very likeable,which I didn’t really expect.

Best line he got from Cowell:

When I’ve had a hard time with the press I’ve normally deserved it.

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