It appears that Simon Cowell has a heart, after all.
Given his notoriously harsh, critical public persona, it may surprise some to know that Cowell has a soft spot for children, particularly those that are terminally ill. The former ‘American Idol’ judge regularly invites sick children to rehearsals for his popular television shows, including ‘X Factor’ and ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ and even plays games with them backstage.
Cowell is a patron of the UK children’s hospice charity Shooting Star Chase, and while he’s a multi-millionaire, sources tell the UK magazine The Sun that Cowell “does an awful lot for charity. And he doesn’t just donate money, he gives his time.” When terminally ill children visit Cowell on set, “he makes it special by teasing them and playing games with them. He enjoys it and they have a day they will never forget. He lets them takes photos of them doing silly things. He’s great with them.” Cowell even helped the parents of a cancer-stricken girl by paying off their mortgage. Of the good deed, Cowell says ”I never knew that doing good could feel so good. It doesn’t stop here. If there’s any problem, I’m her guardian angel now.”
His estimated worth is more than £100 million, and Cowell, who has no children of his own, will reportedly leave £90 million to charitable organizations benefiting children and animals when he dies.