Simon Cowell furious over Gary Barlow’s OBE
New chapters of Tom Bower’s biography of Cowell have revealed that the media mogul was jealous over the Take That singer’s award.
It seems that the green eyed monster has been looming over a certain Mr Simon Cowell recently as he was reportedly furious when he discovered that Gary Barlow was receiving the OBE from the Queen.
Barlow received the award mostly for his heavy involvement in the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, and is seems that Cowell started to get a bit jealous of the singer’s success.
Author Tom Bower has revealed in new material from his book “Sweet Revenge” just how Simon felt on discovering the news of Barlow’s award, writing, “The announcement that Barlow would receive an OBE for arranging the [Diamond Jubilee concert] added to his irritation. ‘He chased that madly to get three initials after his name,’ he carped.”
It was suggested that Cowell was not happy that ITV boss Peter Fincham asked Barlow back for a second year on the UK X Factor.
Bower added, “The ambitions of Barlow, he believed, were comical. Ever since Barlow had clawed his way back after a disastrous attempt to become a solo star, Cowell was niggled by his conviction that Barlow was bidding to establish a rival entertainment empire and, like [Sir] Paul McCartney secure a knighthood. He enjoyed snubbing the man who foolishly asserted that he was the top judge, not Louis Walsh, by texting his criticism about Barlow to others.”
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