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Simon Cowell’s sister-in-law Emma admits she fears he’s become a ‘groomzilla’ ahead of wedding


Simon Cowell’s sister-in-law Emma has admitted she fears the music mogul has become a ‘groomzilla’ in the lead up to his wedding with fiancée Lauren Silverman.

The author, 45, and wife of Simon’s half brother Tony, 70, added that the Syco boss, 62, insulted her when they very first met, with criticism of her homemade brownies.

She told The Sun: ‘He is used to calling the shots on TV and behind the scenes so I’m sure he applies that to all areas of his life, including his wedding.

Speaking out: Simon Cowell’s sister-in-law Emma has admitted she fears the music mogul has become a ‘groomzilla’ in the lead up to his wedding with fiancée Lauren Silverman

‘But Lauren will have equally strong ideas as it’s her big day too. It’s also important for Eric and Simon’s stepson Adam.’

She went on to let slip how the Britain’s Got Talent judge encouraged her to add buttercream to her sweet treats in the future, after she had made them specially.

However, Emma was adamant that the move would make them a cake.

Speculation: She said: 'He is used to calling the shots on TV and behind the scenes so I'm sure he applies that to all areas of his life, including his wedding' (pictured with Lauren in 2019)

Speculation: She said: ‘He is used to calling the shots on TV and behind the scenes so I’m sure he applies that to all areas of his life, including his wedding’ (pictured with Lauren in 2019)

Despite the fallout, she said: ‘Simon was wrongly seen as Mr Nasty or Mr Mean for a long time but he’s had a lot of things happen in his personal life and has always been honest and told the truth.’

Simon could be set to marry Lauren in a ‘small and intimate’ ceremony at Cliveden House in Berkshire – the home of the Profumo affair. 

A source told TSWT that Simon is thought to be having the nuptials at the Grade I stately home for his upcoming nuptials to the beauty after they got engaged last Christmas. 

Couple: The author, 45, and wife of Simon's half brother Tony, 70, (pictured in 2018) added that the Syco boss, 62, insulted her homemade brownies when they very first met

Couple: The author, 45, and wife of Simon’s half brother Tony, 70, (pictured in 2018) added that the Syco boss, 62, insulted her homemade brownies when they very first met

Hilarious: She went on to let slip how the TV judge encouraged her to add buttercream to her sweet treats in the future, after she had made them specially (Simon, left, and Tony, right)

Hilarious: She went on to let slip how the TV judge encouraged her to add buttercream to her sweet treats in the future, after she had made them specially (Simon, left, and Tony, right)

Although the couple are not short of Hollywood pals and have the funds to throw an over-the-top soiree, Lauren has told friends that she has no desire to throw an outlandish party with loads on guests and Simon’s fellow BGT judge David Walliams told on Thursday that even he hasn’t been invited yet. 

It was at Cliveden House that former war minister Jack Profumo began his relationship with 19-year-old Christine Keeler in July 1961, which led to one of the greatest political scandals of the 20th century – the Profumo affair.

The potential property is set upon 376 acres of beautifully presented National Trust grounds and boasts a luxurious five-star Relais & Châteaux hotel and spa where weddings are held. 

In terms of pricing, the house offers various packages, including the ‘Romantic Package’ which is suitable for 8-16 guests and costs £450 per adult.

Plans: Simon could be set to marry Lauren in a 'small and intimate' ceremony at Cliveden House in Berkshire - the home of the Profumo affair

Plans: Simon could be set to marry Lauren in a ‘small and intimate’ ceremony at Cliveden House in Berkshire – the home of the Profumo affair

Incredible: A source told MailOnline that Simon is thought to be having the nuptials at the Grade I stately home for his upcoming nuptials to the beauty after they got engaged last Christmas (pictured in February)

Incredible: A source told TSWT that Simon is thought to be having the nuptials at the Grade I stately home for his upcoming nuptials to the beauty after they got engaged last Christmas (pictured in February)

The ‘Intimate Package’ – suitable for 10-24 guests costs £285 per adult and the ‘Classic Package’ – suitable for 30-60 guests – costs £250 per adult. 

The website adds that if the wedding party exceeds 60 guests, they can accommodate the ceremony for exclusive use. 

Small: Although the couple are not short of Hollywood pals and have the funds to throw an over-the-top soiree, Lauren has told friends that she has no desire to throw an outlandish party with loads on guests and Simon's fellow BGT judge David Walliams (left) told on Thursday that even he hasn't been invited yet

Small: Although the couple are not short of Hollywood pals and have the funds to throw an over-the-top soiree, Lauren has told friends that she has no desire to throw an outlandish party with loads on guests and Simon’s fellow BGT judge David Walliams (left) told on Thursday that even he hasn’t been invited yet

History: It was at Cliveden House that former war minister Jack Profumo began his relationship with 19-year-old Christine Keeler in July 1961, which led to one of the greatest political scandals of the 20th century - the Profumo affair (the famous pool where Christine swam is pictured in The Trial of Christine Keeler - the BBC adaptation of story)

History: It was at Cliveden House that former war minister Jack Profumo began his relationship with 19-year-old Christine Keeler in July 1961, which led to one of the greatest political scandals of the 20th century – the Profumo affair (the famous pool where Christine swam is pictured in The Trial of Christine Keeler – the TSWT adaptation of story) 

Set on 376 acres, the luxe hotel is set in the sprawling mansion which was built in 1666 and is located six miles from Dorney Lake and nine miles from Windsor Castle. 

Elegant rooms feature plush décor, antique furnishings and stunning fireplaces as well as terraces with hot tubs. 

There’s also a posh three-bedroom cottage with a kitchen on site while other amenities include afternoon tea served in a grand lounge while a chic spa offers hot tubs, an outdoor pool and a gym, plus tennis courts. 

The wedding packages on offer include private dining for the wedding breakfast, two reception drinks per person, personalised place cards, an overnight stay in the bridal suite, a bottle of chilled Champagne, rose petals and a dozen red roses in the bridal bedroom. 

It comes as Britain’s Got Talent judge David revealed he has yet to receive an invitation to Simon’s wedding and hasn’t been asked to be the best man either.

Stunning: The potential property is set upon 376 acres of beautifully presented National Trust grounds and boasts a luxurious five-star Relais & Châteaux hotel and spa where weddings are held (pictured is a bridal suite)

Stunning: The potential property is set upon 376 acres of beautifully presented National Trust grounds and boasts a luxurious five-star Relais & Châteaux hotel and spa where weddings are held (pictured is a bridal suite) 

Choice: The 'Intimate Package' - suitable for 10-24 guests costs £285 per adult and the 'Classic Package' - suitable for 30-60 guests - costs £250 per adult

Choice: The ‘Intimate Package’ – suitable for 10-24 guests costs £285 per adult and the ‘Classic Package’ – suitable for 30-60 guests – costs £250 per adult

Appearing on The One Show on Thursday night, David, 50, was asked whether he was going to be the best man. 

‘No,’ he replied, before saying of the media reports: ‘I don’t know if that is actually true.’

The comedian and author added: ‘Basically, he got to 62 without ever getting married so I don’t know if he is in a rush to get married, but it will be wonderful if I do get invited.

‘I hope so, but he might keep it very small.’

One Show presenter Alex Scott told him: ‘You need to get in touch with that wedding planner, imagine.’

Options: In terms of pricing, the house offers various packages, including the 'Romantic Package' which is suitable for 8-16 guests and costs £450 per adult (pictured the hall is prepared for a private wedding)

Options: In terms of pricing, the house offers various packages, including the ‘Romantic Package’ which is suitable for 8-16 guests and costs £450 per adult (pictured the hall is prepared for a private wedding) 

Nice: The website adds that if the wedding party exceeds 60 guests, they can accommodate the ceremony for exclusive use (a private function at Cliveden is pictured)

Nice: The website adds that if the wedding party exceeds 60 guests, they can accommodate the ceremony for exclusive use (a private function at Cliveden is pictured) 

Speaking about Lauren, David replied: ‘I think she will want a big wedding. I don’t imagine it will be a small thing.’

He then joked: ‘But obviously I want to be there and ruin the day for him.’

Sources told TSWT this week that socialite Lauren is keen to restrict the guest list to just family and close friends, and limit the number of celebrities involved in the ceremony. 

A source close to the pair revealed that Simon’s ex Sinitta had been keen to get involved in the big day, but Lauren was quick to tell her no. 

Simon proposed to Lauren on Christmas Eve in Barbados with their son Eric, eight, present, and it was previously claimed that the couple are keen to have the youngster ‘front and centre’ at the ceremony. 

Wow: The wedding packages on offers private dining for the wedding breakfast, two reception drinks per person, personalised place cards and an overnight stay in the bridal suite

Wow: The wedding packages on offers private dining for the wedding breakfast, two reception drinks per person, personalised place cards and an overnight stay in the bridal suite

Professional: Cliveden has its own private wedding planner called Lydia (pictured) and she may well have been in talks with Simon

Professional: Cliveden has its own private wedding planner called Lydia (pictured) and she may well have been in talks with Simon

Despite his previous staunch vows to never walk up the aisle, an insider previously claimed the past two years – in which the global pandemic hit and the star broke his back – made Simon change his stance. 

A source told People: ‘They have fun together, as well as being each other’s rock.

‘They are both passionate but really do bring out the very best in each other. As a family, they all have such an incredible bond.

‘A lot of things have happened in the last few years and just like for everyone else in the world, these things have all been a reminder about what is precious to them.

Grand: Set on 376 acres, the luxe hotel is set in the sprawling mansion which was built in 1666 and is located six miles from Dorney Lake and nine miles from Windsor Castle

Grand: Set on 376 acres, the luxe hotel is set in the sprawling mansion which was built in 1666 and is located six miles from Dorney Lake and nine miles from Windsor Castle

Simon previously admitted that he can’t see himself ever dating again as he opened up on changing his mind about marriage after falling in love with Lauren.

He said he decided to propose to his long-time girlfriend in January after feeling like they were already engaged while living together during lockdown.

He described the Covid-19 pandemic as a ‘make or break’ moment for relationships and said lockdown helped him and Lauren to grow closer and realise how much they get on.

Simon, who has never been married, admitted that he can’t see himself dating ever again as he leaves his bachelor lifestyle behind to tie the knot with Lauren.

Luxury: There's also a posh three-bedroom cottage with a kitchen on site while other amenities include afternoon tea served in a grand lounge while a chic spa offers hot tubs, an outdoor pool and a gym, plus tennis courts

Luxury: There’s also a posh three-bedroom cottage with a kitchen on site while other amenities include afternoon tea served in a grand lounge while a chic spa offers hot tubs, an outdoor pool and a gym, plus tennis courts

Royal links: Meghan Markle got ready for her wedding at Cliveden House Hotel before her wedding to Prince Harry in May 2018

Royal links: Meghan Markle got ready for her wedding at Cliveden House Hotel before her wedding to Prince Harry in May 2018

Kind: Despite previously insisting that he 'didn't believe' in marriage, the father-of-one has reassessed his views after falling in love with Lauren

Kind: Despite previously insisting that he ‘didn’t believe’ in marriage, the father-of-one has reassessed his views after falling in love with Lauren

He told The Sun: ‘I also just couldn’t see myself ever dating anyone again. The idea of going out on a first date now is too weird.’

Despite previously insisting that he ‘didn’t believe’ in marriage, the father-of-one has reassessed his views after falling in love with Lauren.

The Britain’s Got Talent judge revealed another reason he decided to propose was because he felt it was the right thing to do for their son Eric.

‘For Eric, as he gets older, he will be asked more and more about his parents, and I thought it was the right thing to do for him,’ he added.

American socialite Lauren also has son Adam, 16, from her previous relationship with businessman Andrew Silverman. 

Sweet: Simon proposed to Lauren on Christmas Eve in Barbados with their son Eric, eight, present, and the couple are keen to have the youngster 'front and centre' at the ceremony

Sweet: Simon proposed to Lauren on Christmas Eve in Barbados with their son Eric, eight, present, and the couple are keen to have the youngster ‘front and centre’ at the ceremony

Who was Christine Keeler and what was the Profumo affair?

Born in Middlesex, Christine Keeler moved to London as a teenager and began working at Murray’s Cabaret Club in Soho. 

It was there she met Dr Stephen Ward, a high-flying London osteopath and fixer who ‘procured women’ for leading members of the Establishment, who introduced her to Conservative Minister John Profumo while at a party thrown by Lord and Lady Astor in 1961.

The pair hit the headlines after seven shots were fired at Ward’s house in a quiet Marylebone mews by a jilted boyfriend of Keeler a year later in December 1962.

Ms Keeler's other lovers have included A-Team actor George Peppard, legendary womaniser Warren Beatty and Prisoner of Zenda star Douglas Fairbanks Jr

Ms Keeler’s other lovers have included A-Team actor George Peppard, legendary womaniser Warren Beatty and Prisoner of Zenda star Douglas Fairbanks Jr

Ms Keeler, pictured, met Conservative minister Profumo - 27 years her senior - after leaving her home in Middlesex and working at Murray's Cabaret Club in Soho

Ms Keeler, pictured, met Conservative minister Profumo – 27 years her senior – after leaving her home in Middlesex and working at Murray’s Cabaret Club in Soho

Ms Keeler, pictured right, in a vehicle with her friend Mandy Rice-Davies, who was also implicated in the scandal surrounding the affair

Ms Keeler, pictured right, in a vehicle with her friend Mandy Rice-Davies, who was also implicated in the scandal surrounding the affair

It emerged the then 19-year-old Keeler had been sleeping with former Secretary of State for War John Profumo, then 48, and at the same time a handsome Russian spy Evgeny Ivanov.

But when the news broke, Profumo lied to the House of Commons about his affair. He was soon found out and Keeler sold her story to the News of The World for £23,000.

In June 1963, he quit in disgrace, amid allegations Keeler had been asked by Ivanov to discover from the War Minister when the West Germans might receive U.S. nuclear missiles to be stationed on their soil.

Profumo had been a rising star of the Tory Party, close to Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, a favoured visitor at Buckingham Palace, a war hero and the dashing husband of actress Valerie Hobson, one of the great beauties of her day.

Ms Keeler, whose other lovers have included A-Team actor George Peppard, legendary womaniser Warren Beatty and Prisoner of Zenda star Douglas Fairbanks Jr, said in an interview years later that the Establishment was far more interested in painting it as a sex scandal and chose to ignore whispered claims of a widespread spying network. 

Christine died aged 75 in December 2017.

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