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Simon Cowell is engaged to girlfriend Lauren Silverman after an eight-year romance.

The music mogul, who previously insisted he would never get married, is said to have popped the question on Christmas Eve in Barbados, with their seven-year-old son Eric and Lauren's older son Adam present.

"Lauren was absolutely stunned and never in a million years expected Simon to pop the question.

She burst into tears- happy tears- and obviously said yes straight away.

he said at the time : 'lauren has been simon's rock for the past few years- supporting him when he broke his back, and through thick and thin generally.

'Whilst Simon never thought he was the marrying type, he's realised he ’ s met the woman of his dreams- and couldn ’ t be happier.

In the words of Beyoncé, it was time to put a ring on it. '

Simon Cowell took to Twitter to pay tribute to his friend Carlos Marin (Image: Twitter)

Lauren and Simon's love story started in 2013, while she was still married to her ex- and his close friend- Andrew Silverman.

the pair went public – and simon's life changed – at the end of july 2013, with andrew and lauren's divorce being finalised in november that year.

But I remember going to the first scan with Lauren.

To another, he has said : "I don't believe in marriage, not in this business."

Ouch: Lauren took on a big role caring for Simon when he was left bedridden for months after a devastating electric bike accident at his Malibu home in August 2020 (pictured November 2021)

'the truth is that you get married and in a year or two they clean you out!

It's just not going to work. '

asked whether their relationship was still alive.

A source told The Sun : "Simon and Lauren are ridiculously, nauseatingly in love- incredibly, lockdown brought them closer than ever.

Former flame: The father-of-one has previously enjoyed high profile relationships with the likes of Sinitta (pictured in 2006) Jackie St. Clair and Terri Seymour

reports, simon recently proposed to lauren holidayed in barbados.

simon welcomed eric, named after simon's father, in 2014.

However, the wealthy household name always said he did not want to tie the knot- until now, that seems.

The X Factor and Britain ’ s Got Talent legend been open about how much his son has changed his life, telling Kelly Clarkson last year : 'He ’ s the most amazing thing that ever happened to me. ’ While the couple have kept their romance fairly private, they 've been pictured over the years enjoying date nights, and holidays, often with their son Eric.

Simon Cowell 'ENGAGED' to Lauren Silverman: Music mogul, 62, 'secretly proposes to long-term partner, 44, on Barbados holiday' (pictured in July)

Simon also paid tribute to Lauren when he received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2018.

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MORE : Carlos Marin's ex-wife reveals Simon Cowell ’ s heartfelt gesture before Il Divo singer ’ s death MORE : Simon Cowell and Bruno Tonioli lead tributes as Il Divo singer Carlos Marín dies aged 53 : 'He loved life '

The television personality and his entrepreneur partner have been together since and could now be engaged.

Family: The pair were said to have been joined by their son Eric, seven, (pictured) and Lauren's son Adam, 16, from a previous relationship when Simon proposed

Lauren is said to have been left "stunned" by the surprise proposal and said “ yes ” to marrying Simon.

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