Simon Cowell denies gay claims made during drug trial
Simon Cowell is finally free to respond to claims that he is gay following the collapse of English singer-songwriter Tulisa Contostavlos' drug trial.
And the 54-year-old music mogul didn't waste any time dealing with the situation.
"Simon was referred to during the trial without forewarning, resulting in widespread media coverage of untrue claims regarding his private life," Yahoo Celebrity UK reported.
"In 2014 the question of whether someone is or is not gay is antiquated. (As it happens he isn't, though if he were, he would simply have said so).
"However, the issue was the false suggestion made by (Contostavlos' manager Gareth) Varey that Simon - who is renowned for his honesty and candidness - had thus not been truthful in the public arena and this is what we have been obliged to clarify," the statement read.
Mr Mazher Mahmood is an undercover reporter from The Sun On Sunday.
Last week, jurors were played a secret recording where Varey told The Sun On Sunday's undercover reporter, Mr Mazher Mahmood, that Simon Cowell, a father-of-one, was gay. SInce the case was ongoing, Cowell could not comment on the issue.
Contostavlos' trial was halted by judge Alistair McCreath yesterday (July 21) amid concerns that the reporter, who was known as the "Fake Sheikh" because he often posed as a sheikh to get information, may had lied while giving evidence, MTV reported.
The singer was accused of boasting that she could "sort out" cocaine for a journalist and put him in touch with her rapper friend Mike GLC, who supplied it.
Mr Mahmood has since been suspended by The Sun.
"The Sun, of course, takes the Judge's remarks very seriously. Mr Mahmood has been suspended pending an immediate internal investigation," said a statement from the newspaper.
Sources: Yahoo Celebrity UK and MTV