Cowell's attorneys address gay rumours
Simon Cowell's attorneys insist their client is "truthful in the public arena".
The TV mogul was without warning dragged into a trial in the UK last week when a recording was played in which his former manager, Gareth Varey, could be heard claiming Cowell is gay.
Addressing speculation in a statement to E! News, a spokesperson for the star insisted Cowell would have no problem speaking candidly about his sexuality if that was the case.
"Simon was referred to during the trial without forewarning, resulting in widespread media coverage of untrue claims regarding his private life," attorneys for Simon told the outlet.
The spokesperson, who was not named in the report, also suggested the very notion sexuality would stir controversy is a dated idea.
"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 Mr. 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.
"Considering Cowell is beloved (and despised, but in a love-to-hate-him way) for his candor, he understandably wanted to put a rumour to rest that implied he had been any less than honest," the statement continued.
Cowell meanwhile has been revelling in fatherhood since becoming a first-time dad.
The X Factor creator welcomed a son with girlfriend Lauren Silverman back in February and was recently gushing about the tot.
Appearing at an event for British foundation Shooting Star Chase, a hospice charity that cares for children with life-limiting conditions, Cowell admitted welcoming his little boy helped him realise how fortunate the couple are.
"Of course. You feel blessed and luckily he's in good health. It did put things into a different perspective," he told British magazine Hello!