Simon Cowell made a name for himself as the nasty judge on American Idol who couldn’t help but insult the contestants on the show. Before he landed on primetime though, the sharp-tongued judge really struggled to find his place in the world and there were times where it didn’t seem as though he was going to make something of himself. In celebration of his birthday, we have 9 things you didn’t know about Simon Cowell:
He was born in Lambeth, London, to Julie, a ballet dancer and socialite, and Eric, an estate agent developer and music industry executive, but he was brought up in Elstree, Hertfordshire. His father’s family was mostly Jewish while his mother’s family was Christian and is of English descent. He has one younger brother, Nicholas, and three half brothers, John, Tony and Michael, and a half-sister, June.