Simon Cowell likes cartoons, big breakfasts, being frozen after he dies
We all knew Simon Cowell was a bit of a diva and maybe a little crazy, but we didn't realize just how unhinged he was until we read GQ's new interview with the mastermind behind The X Factor and American Idol. We know you need to have an outsized personality to make it in the industry, but do you really need a regimented daily breakfast and an IV drip to replenish vitamins if your job is to sit in a chair all day?
In addition to a that intravenous drip -- suggested to him by Kylie Minogue's sister, Danii, and containing B12, magnesium, vitamin C and "something for your liver" -- Cowell tells the mag he has his assistant, a man called Rainier, prepare him the same breakfast he's had the last five years: Hot water with lemon, papaya juice with lime, oatmeal, tea and three smoothies. "It looks fantastic when it's brought in in the morning. It's just the best-looking thing in the world," Cowell says. What's in those smoothies? Get ready:
The spinach smoothie: One banana, two large handfuls of fresh young spinach, the juice of half a lemon, a small amount of freshly crushed ginger, a small glass of water, a tablespoon of honey and 12 ice cubes, served in a tall glass with a black bendy straw.
The antioxidant smoothie: One large carrot, two celery sticks, one banana, one green apple, 25 green grapes, three slices of fresh ginger, one tablespoon of honey, one cup of orange juice and 10 ice cubes.
The super smoothie: 126 milliliters of grape juice, either red or green (30 grapes), 20 milliliters of blueberry puree (15 blueberries), 20 milliliters of strawberry puree (9 strawberries), 20 milliliters of apple puree (half an apple), 10 milliliters of lingonberry juice (8 lingonberries), 8 milliliters of acerola juice (5 acerola berries) and 8 milliliters of aronia juice (5 chokeberries).
And besides having a habit of watching classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons like The Flintstones and The Jetsons each morning (going so far to carry DVDs with him, in case he can't find those series on TV), he confirms reports that he told former British prime minister Gordon Brown he wanted to be frozen after he died.
"It's an insurance policy," he reasons. "If it doesn't work, it doesn't work. If it does work, I'll be happy. If it's possible, and I think it will be, why not have a second crack? Does that sound crazy? I think it's a good idea."
Future generations subjected to Simon Cowell? That could never be a good idea.
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