Skip to comments.Simon Cowell Engaged To Makeup Artist Mezhgan Hussainy
Posted on 02/26/2010 10:12:19 AM PST by Justaham
Simon Cowell and Ryan Seacrest joked about it during Tuesday night's "American Idol" broadcast, and rumors have been floating around the Internet for days, but now the news is official: The prickly reality-show judge is engaged.
Cowell is set to marry Mezhgan Hussainy, a makeup artist he's been dating for nearly a year, the future Mrs. Cowell told RadarOnline. The 36-year-old Afghanistan-born Hussainy had been spotted with a massive diamond on her finger following a Valentine's Day dinner, setting off a stream of speculation about whether the 50-year-old Cowell had finally decided to settle down.
Cowell was previously in a long-term relationship with entertainment correspondent Terri Seymour, who was attacked by an "Idol" fan last May after the show's season eight finale. At the time, Cowell and Seymour had already ended their relationship.
Cowell and Hussainy have reportedly known each other for years, having met on the set of "Idol." While not specifying when the two plan to marry, Radar suggested a wedding might take place soon.
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Not bad Simon.
Maybe not. They both could be.
Not gay. British.
maybe she’s pregnant
Not gay. British.
That is going to leave a mark.
i guess that takes care of the susan boyle rumor
It’s surprising that Aiken didn’t spontaneously combust immediately after that photo was taken. It’s clear that this is the closest he’s been to those since he was an infant.
World-class, recordbreaking pre-nup agreement, there.
Best line of the year.
Is it just me, or does his head seem to be about three sizes too big for his body?
It’s okay - Clay is gay!
It’s nice just to be nominated.
Too bad that had a negative stigma to it in the 70s. I would have seriously used it during my college days!
Don’t know - she looks pretty “rode hard and put up wet” for a 36 year old, IMHO.
Interesting to see that holding cell phones has apparently replaced holding hands. Wonder how much they actually talked to each other on this walk, as opposed to talking into the phones.
(((cough cough))) beard (((cough cough)))
Its ok... he’s queer.
“”To be fair to Hussainy, her life story is worth telling. She was born in 1973 into an upper-class family in Afghanistan - her mother Mary was a teacher and her father Sayed an IT expert who employed more than 40 people. She had three brothers.
The Hussainy family had a driver, a nanny, a cook and a housekeeper. Life was very comfortable indeed. All that changed with the invasion by the Soviets in 1979 and the rise of the Taliban that followed.
Hussainy recalls the particularly bloody aftermath of a neighbour’s house being bombed by the Soviets - one of her brothers saw a severed hand in a tree.
Hussainy has been trying to sell a feature-length documentary about her own life story, which she has given the working title: From Afghanistan To American Idol
‘There were body parts everywhere,’ she says. Another neighbour received a knock on the door and had their son taken away for questioning - and he was never seen again, presumed conscripted into the Afghan army.
The Hussainy family decided to flee Afghanistan and paid smugglers to lead them across the mountains to Peshawar in Pakistan. They hid on the fringes of villages by day and trekked through darkness and fog at night.
Hussainy’s mother had been told they would travel by van and had packed enough food for only two days - just a few boiled eggs, biscuits and bottled water. In the end, the walk took ten days.
The family were reduced to drinking the water from puddles, scooping off the scum.
Her younger brother became seriously dehydrated. Hussainy herself told an interviewer that she had blisters around her mouth from dehydration at the end of the ordeal.
‘It took us ten days on foot through the mountains and the Khyber Pass. We were tired and hungry,’ she recalled.
At one point, the men leading them asked for more money - and her mother paid them with banknotes she had sewn into her skirts.
‘Every day I thank my parents for taking the decision to leave Afghanistan when they did,’ she says.
They were given permission to settle in America, where her father had relatives. He was already an English-speaker, having been educated in America and she and her siblings quickly learned the language.
Home was an ordinary apartment block in Hollywood. Young Mezhgan - whose name means eyelashes in Persian - would give the women in her block manicures and experiment with make-up styles.
In her teens she did some modelling work and, like any other young Hollywood girl in search of the spotlight, managed to get a few walk-on parts. But nothing came of her efforts.
And, in any case, this career path made her Muslim parents uneasy. So Hussainy promised to ‘remain true to herself and her culture’ and not to portray herself in a way that would bring shame on them.””
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