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Simon Cowell: I May Be A Bit Camp, But I’m Not Gay!

In a new unauthorized biography released Friday, American Idol‘s Simon Cowell once again denies queer rumors about himself—and says if he was gay, he’d be happy to tell everyone. “Why wouldn’t I admit it?” the Brit TV producer is quoted as saying in Tom Bower’s Sweet Revenge: The Intimate Life of Simon Cowell. “It wouldn’t harm me and my mother wouldn’t freak out.”

Um, maybe you shouldn’t bring up your mother when trying to defend your staunch heterosexuality, Simon. (And maybe keep mum about the Botox, colonic irrigations, vitamin injections and all-black toilet paper.)

Sweet Revenge also recounts Cowells numerous affairs with women like ex-fiancée Mezghan Hussainy and former X Factor UK judge Dannii Minogue (Kylie’s sister).  Sharon Osbourne, another former  X Factor panelist  confirmed the liaison with Minogue and said his macho act tems from the fact that Cowell has “small-penis syndrome.”

Ouch!

As for the gay rumors, they first sprung up in the 1980s when Cowell was trying to get pop-star girlfriend Sinitta’s songs played in London’s gay clubs. “It was at this time he befriended gay record producer Ian Levine who branded Cowell as ‘camp’,” reports the Daily Mail.

Having a laugh about Cowell’s flamboyant rep, CNN host Piers Morgan tweeted a pic of the two together with the comment, “Seriously… just good friends.”

 A friendship with Cowell isn’t something we’d brag about, Piers.
 Photos: Piers Morgan, Ballantine Books