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Tuesday 24 May 2016

Cheryl tells Simon he's out of her league now

By Jane Graham

Published 05/05/2012

Cheryl Cole
Cheryl Cole

It's not a song I think about often, but there's something about Simon Cowell which keeps putting the lyrics of the Human League's Don't You Want Me in my head.

You remember - 'you were working as a waitress in a cocktail bar when I met you'; the song is about a man who regards himself as having created a woman's success, and who is baffled and upset when she fails to feel beholden to him forever.

'Don't forget it's me who put you where you are now,' he nags, the notion that she might possess a star quality which would have seen her rise regardless not having occurred to him.

The more we find out about Cowell from the new 'unauthorised' biography and subsequent interviews he's done, the more he sounds like the Human League's maniacal protagonist, intoxicated with the power his position has given him over pretty young girls over the years.

In terms of women, his shows seem to have favoured 'experts' he's either slept with or wanted to sleep with (while Louis Walsh has enjoyed a seat almost as safe as Ian Paisley's).

Now he's hurt that Cheryl Cole, whom he very publicly dumped from the US X Factor, has knocked back his advances to return to the fold, reminding us in an interview this week 'what I did for her.. propelled her into a different league'.

I'm not Cheryl's biggest fan, but her retort, that he'd be lucky to get a footnote in her own autobiography, did make me smile.

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