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Simon Cowell questions 'what he would do' if he retired from the showbiz industry


Simon Cowell has questioned ‘what he would do’ if he retired from the showbiz industry. 

The multi-millionaire, who has been a prolific figure on television both in the UK and across the pond for several decades, admitted in a recent interview that the fear of getting burnout forced him to scale back his huge workload. 

However, as reported by The Mirror, the 62-year-old maintains a passion to pursue ‘a good idea’ if he ‘believes in it.’  

Career: Simon Cowell questioned 'what he would do' if he retired from the showbiz industry after admitting he was 'terrified' of getting burnout (pictured this month)

Career: Simon Cowell questioned ‘what he would do’ if he retired from the showbiz industry after admitting he was ‘terrified’ of getting burnout (pictured this month)

Of shutting the door on his glittering career, Simon said: ‘We all consider it, of course. But then again, what am I gonna do? Ever since I started work, I have tried to go without a schedule.  

‘It was always like, “If you’ve got a good idea and you believe in it, just try and make it work.”‘ 

He quipped: ‘They got my age wrong. I am 43, actually.’

Decision making: The multi-millionaire, 62, admitted in a recent interview that the fear of getting burnout forced him to scale back his huge workload (pictured November 2021)

Decision making: The multi-millionaire, 62, admitted in a recent interview that the fear of getting burnout forced him to scale back his huge workload (pictured November 2021)

The mogul is particularly optimistic about a newly-explored endeavour: working on a children’s TV series, Wishfits, which is inspired by books he created with his eight-year-old son Eric. 

Talking about the venture, which focuses on hybrid animals, Simon said: ‘It’s the one thing I have never done… and I do think it will work.’

In recent months, the tycoon has been cutting down on his work commitments having downsized Syco and quit a judging role on Walk The Line as he reportedly ‘edges into semi-retirement’. 

And in a new interview, Simon detailed how putting his health first was a ‘priority’ and shared his delight that he’s now able to spend more time with his beloved son Eric, whom he shares with fiancée Lauren Silverman, 44.   

Health worries: In recent months, the tycoon has been cutting down on his work commitments having downsized Syco and quit a judging role on Walk The Line

Health worries: In recent months, the tycoon has been cutting down on his work commitments having downsized Syco and quit a judging role on Walk The Line

Since soaring to fame on Pop Idol over two decades ago, Simon has been none stop, what with running his entertainment company as well as his TV judging roles on shows including X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent and America’s Got Talent. 

But juggling such a heavy workload – which he deemed an ‘unhealthy addiction to work’ – proved too much for the star, with Simon admitting his recent decision to slow things down was stemmed from a fear for his health after watching friends suffer from the mental and physical affects of burnout. 

He told The Sun: ‘I made the decision that my main job would be being on TV, not running a production company. It was just all becoming too much. And, if I’m being honest, I was very nervous about burnout. I wasn’t feeling ill, I was just terrified that would happen to me.’  

Pride and joy: Simon detailed how putting his health first was a 'priority' and shared his delight that he's now able to spend more time with his beloved son Eric, whom he shares with fiancée Lauren Silverman, 44 (pictured August 2018)

Pride and joy: Simon detailed how putting his health first was a ‘priority’ and shared his delight that he’s now able to spend more time with his beloved son Eric, whom he shares with fiancée Lauren Silverman, 44 (pictured August 2018)

He added: ‘I’m a great believer in doing something before something bad happens, rather than waiting for something bad to happen. I was thinking a lot about that during the last two years. I’ve seen it happen to people, close friends of mine, where they get burnt out and you don’t want to be in that place. There’s no coming back from that.’

Like much of the nation, Simon had the rare opportunity to take a breather and reflect amid the Covid lockdown, as work ground to a halt.

And it was in this time that he realised that one has to make their health their ‘number one priority’ after witnessing the impact that the pandemic had on people’s lives.  

As well as his health, Simon discerned that spending quality time with his only son was of upmost importance, with the TV star revelling in the little things like the school runs and family dinners – things he often missed out on due to his hectic schedule.  

Precautions: Juggling such a heavy workload, which he deemed an 'unhealthy addiction to work' proved too much for the star, with Simon admitting his recent decision to slow things down was stemmed from a fear for his health (pictured this month)

Precautions: Juggling such a heavy workload, which he deemed an ‘unhealthy addiction to work’ proved too much for the star, with Simon admitting his recent decision to slow things down was stemmed from a fear for his health (pictured this month)

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