We've all seen Simon Cowell's no-nonsense, harsh tongue at work on both the judges panel for American Idol and X Factor, but this is just UGLY. And because of that, we sincerely hope that this not true.
According to a new report in Star Magazine, however, he's apparently told returning judge Demi Lovato that despite her well-documented public breakdown and rehab stint for self-harming and bulimia, she STILL needs to lose 20 pounds before the reality competition begins production next fall, and is demanding that she work off the weight this summer!
“Simon doesn’t expect Demi to be supermodel skinny, but he does want her to look like she’s in shape. He’s set a weight-loss goal of 20 lbs. for Demi and asked her to work hard on it through the spring and summer. [Simon] is very supportive of her battles and is going above and beyond to make sure she loses weight in a healthy way.”
Because we think being supportive of her battle would be to not put ANY excess pressure on her regarding her body.
She's looking FABULOUS as she is, not to mention BARELY out of her sober living facility, and he's going to start making her feel uncomfortable with her size?
A spokesperson for Simon has issued the following statement:
"This story is complete lies. Simon has never and would never, ever say this. It has been completely made up."
Phew! So glad to hear that this is nonsense! As it SHOULD be!
You've worked SO hard to get to where you're at now, Demi! Don't let ANYBODY make you feel like there's anything you have to change about yourself!
[Image via WENN.]