Reality TV singing judge Simon Cowell, who will be returning to American television for the final season of “American Idol,” had a frightening encounter with a burglar in his home.
The Hollywood Reporter says one of Cowell’s representatives confirmed that Cowell, his girlfriend Lauren Silverman, and Eric Cowell, their almost two year-old son, were all in their Holland Park London home sleeping when the break-in occurred.
British paper The Guardian reports that “Police were called to an address in W14 on Friday at approximately 2:20 a.m. to reports of a burglary in progress. Officers attended the scene but the suspects had left the area.” Several items, like cash and jewelry, were taken from the Cowell home in the burglary.
This is the second time Cowell’s home has been robbed in recent years — back in 2012, a woman named Leanne Zaloumis was found hiding in Cowell’s closet brandishing a brick after breaking into the entertainer’s home through a window. Zaloumis was arrested and charged with aggravated burglary.
But in both incidents, both Cowell and his family members were unharmed. According to The Guardian, a family friend stated that “Obviously Simon and Lauren are really badly shaken by this. It’s a horrible violation of their privacy. But more than anything they are incredibly relieved no one was hurt.”