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TheDailyBeast: 'Idol' Hookups

Simon Cowell and Mezhgan Hussainy

On the second season finale of "American Idol," Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul teased fans about an affair with a video fantasy that ended with a kiss. But the real "Idol" romance for Cowell went on behind the scenes—in March 2010 he admitted to Jay Leno that he had become engaged to the show’s makeup artist, Mezhgan Hussainy. “Well, I do have somebody in my life now, Jay, yes. And I kinda made a decision this year to make somebody happy,” he said uncomfortably, before finally admitting, “I bought her the ring in London." But when the couple hadn’t exchanged vows by September 2011, Howard Stern asked Cowell whether he was still engaged. The "X Factor" creator answered awkwardly that he was “not sure.”

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