Sunday, January 31, 2010


MR NASTY Simon Cowell could soon become a knight…because he’s not so nasty after all.

The showbiz guru who is boss of telly’s X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent has also donated and raised millions for charity.

His song for the Haiti earthquake victims, Everybody Hurts, is ­expected to become the biggest- selling single of all time.

And leading politicians among his fans think it’s high time his ­“generosity and goodwill” were ­rewarded with the biggest gong of all.

With ten Facebook sites already dedicated to helping him become “Sir Simon”, it is now believed that a formal nomination has been sent to 10 Downing Street.

And Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who will submit names to the Queen for her Birthday Honours list in June, is likely to be firmly on his side. He is said to ­respect him highly.

A source close to the PM said: “Gordon is a good friend of Simon’s and admires all the work he does.

“I’m sure he would back any attempt to get Simon knighted – if it’s not in June, then in the New Year’s Honours list.”

Tory leader David Cameron is also said to be a supporter of Cowell, 50, who has backed Help for Heroes as well as scores of children’s charities.

Recently made patron of ­Children’s Hospices UK, he has also pledged to leave £90million to good causes in his will.


One Facebook fan said: “Simon Cowell does so much charity work, helping the poor in Africa and also helping with the RSPCA.

“He is a friend to animals as well as the poor.

“Nobody knows about all the great work he has done so I think this should be made public!”

In the past, Cowell has said he thinks his chances of a knighthood are “below zero” though “Sir Simon” would have a “nice ring to it”.

He said: “I never did all this to get a knighthood.

“I am very lucky to do what I do and I feel privileged.”

His Haiti single – released on download next Sunday and on CD the following day – will feature Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey, Susan Boyle and Robbie Williams.

A pal of Susan’s said: “If anyone deserves a knighthood it’s Simon. The work he does outside TV is phenomenal.”

Simon’s close friend and PR man Max Clifford said: “In the eight years I’ve known him I’ve seen the satisfaction he gets in giving a lot back in terms of charity. Becoming the hospices’ patron meant the world to him.”