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My best friend and I both fell in love with Simon Cowell – it was so difficult, but here’s what really happened

THEY say you should never fall in love with a close friend’s ex — but according to Sinitta, that’s exactly what Lauren Silverman did.

The ’80s pop star admits it was heartbreaking to see ex-partner Simon Cowell and her best friend Lauren start dating in 2013 after their romance made headlines.

'80s pop star Sinitta reveals her best friend Lauren has fallen in love with her ex-partner Simon Cowell

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’80s pop star Sinitta reveals her best friend Lauren has fallen in love with her ex-partner Simon CowellPhoto credit: Camera Press
Today she shares how she dealt with her heartbreak

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Today she shares how she dealt with her heartbreakPhoto credit: Getty – Contributor

But her decision to make Sinitta godmother to her now eight-year-old son Eric was a welcome olive branch that helped heal the singer’s heartache.

She says: “Lauren and I were best friends. It was a little bumpy at first because of your best friend and the person you love [getting together] – this will never look good.

“But we dealt with it and I’m quite proud of how it all came about. They made me Eric’s godmother – and that was kind of part of our reconciliation and healing, truce and forgiveness and unconditional love, because obviously it was difficult at the time.”

But as proof that hard feelings don’t exist, Sinitta, 58 – the ordained minister of London’s Hillsong Church – will even offer to perform the upcoming wedding ceremony for the couple, who got engaged in December last year.

“I’m not quite content with being alone”

She says: “I’ve been thinking about wedding gifts for her and I thought one of the gifts might be that I could marry her because I’m an ordained minister.

“I thought, ‘Wouldn’t that be nice?’ I haven’t actually told Lauren and Simon yet, so I have no idea what they would think. But I thought it would be rude not to at least offer it.”

Sinitta dated music industry boss Simon, 62, for two years until 1984, although the couple had a 20-year on/off relationship. Sinitta was also a guest judge on Simon’s hugely successful X Factor show.

Sinitta – adoptive mother of 16-year-old twins Zac and Magdalena – stayed close, accompanying Simon on his annual trip to Barbados as part of his “harem” of ex-boyfriends, where she met Lauren.

At the time, the 44-year-old American socialite was married to businessman Andrew Silverman, with whom she shares 16-year-old son Adam. Says Sinitta, “Lauren and I met when our kids used to go to Barbados on vacation – she was there with her family and we would be there.

Her son Adam and my children are six months apart so the children used to play together and we became really good friends. We were best friends.”

Time has been a healer for Sinitta, who insists she is now happy for the couple.

She says: “I think the public is finding it harder to accept than we are, but people need to realize I’m not going to kill myself – I’m fine.

“I want Simon to be happy and she is the mother of his child, so they are together, they live together and why not get married?”

Another famous man Sinitta dated when she was young was Brad Pitt, now 58.

She contradicts those who claim the Hollywood heartthrob lost his sex appeal after trolls targeted his appearance on a recent cover of GQ magazine.

She says: “He’s super hot. I mean, he’s an older man, so he doesn’t look like he did when I was with him in the 80’s, but he’s still gorgeous. And for a man his age, I think he’s in great shape.”

I’m not entirely content with being alone right now and I’m ready for someone to be in my life.

Sinitta

So would she go out with him again if she had the chance? “Of course,” she says. “It’s been a long time so we were kids but let’s put it this way – if I were anywhere and met him I would think he was an attractive man.

“But we haven’t spoken to each other in years. We have a lot in common. We both adopted children and our children speak French.”

Sinitta – who split from celebrity agent Jason Gale in 2017 after three years together and was married to investment banking headhunter Andy Willner between 2002 and 2009 – is ready to find love again.

She says: “I’m not quite content with being alone right now and I’m ready for someone to come into my life.

“I’ve spent years saying, ‘Oh my god — I’m single,’ because I’ve always been one of those people who jumped from relationship to relationship to relationship.”

But it was on a recent vacation that the star realized she was fed up with the single life.

She says: “It’s really strange. You suddenly know when you’re ready to meet someone because you think, “It would be nice to be here with someone.” Before it was the opposite – I enjoyed total selfish freedom to do whatever I wanted.

“Whether I wanted to eat in a hotel room or go to a restaurant or just lie there with the curtains open and stare at the sea. . . Suddenly you think: “This is so beautiful, it would be nice to share it with someone”. I’m ready to share my life with someone.”

Sinitta rose to fame in the ’80s with a string of pop hits like So Macho, but she says she soon learned that not every man she met had good intentions.

She says: “I always had to take care of myself. I remember when Kylie [Minogue] and I were young and we were at a nightclub in England called Double Bass that Steve Strange used to host.

“It was a hard lesson to learn at that age”

“It was the late 80’s/early 90’s. We were in the women’s room and there were two guys in a stall.

“I was wondering what they do, but they were straight men because of the talk, which was, ‘Which one do you want — Sinitta or Kylie?’

“It was such a shame because they were really hot models and I thought whoever spoke to me really liked me.

“It was quite shocking and it turned something in my head upside down – it made me think, ‘I have to watch out for men like this who see me as a quest.’

“And it was a tough lesson at that age, especially because you’re still in the process of finding your sexuality and seeing how the opposite sex sees you.

“But it was also quite grounding, so I was very careful who I jumped into bed with.”

These days, Sinitta admits that she has to date men she might not have thought of before. She says: “I’ve always dated people in the industry or friends of friends, so this is my first time going out with complete strangers.

“I want to be more carefree in the dating scene, but I still don’t want to be used. I’ve never had that thing where I just had to have sex.

“I don’t judge people who do that, but I like to have an emotional connection with someone before I have sex with them.

“But even to have an emotional connection, you still have to meet people — right?

“So that’s my big thing. How do you meet people when you’re famous and older and it’s not someone you know?

“I don’t want to date my boyfriend’s ex-husband. It’s a weird space for me right now, but I’m figuring it out.”

  • Sinitta spoke to us to promote Debt Free London’s newly launched LGBT+ community hotline on 0800 808 5664. See Debtfree.london/pride.
She reveals,

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She reveals, “They made me Eric’s godmother – and that was kind of part of our reconciliation and healing, truce and forgiveness,” here Simon with LaurenPhoto credit: Rex
Sinitta dated music industry boss Simon, 62, for two years until 1984, although the couple had a 20-year on/off relationship

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Sinitta dated music industry boss Simon, 62, for two years until 1984, although the couple had a 20-year on/off relationshipPhoto credit: Splash News
Another famous man Sinitta dated when she was young was Brad Pitt, now 58

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Another famous man Sinitta dated when she was young was Brad Pitt, now 58Photo credit: Alpha Press

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Jessica MacLeish

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