Actresste_steve_52013658_600 After six years, Terri Seymour broke up with "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell.

And surprise, it wasn’t because he was mean or critical of her, the way he is to contestants on the show.

"She wants a different path in life, and I totally respect her for it," Cowell explained to Fox News. "We will be the best of mates, but I think in relationships, you have to be totally honest. I have always been, and I know Terri knows that."

Cowell’s honesty about not wanting to marry and start a family apparently didn’t sink in.

“I find women confusing really," Cowell continued. "When you hook up and date, you’re both honest about what you want. I have never ever said that I want children or marriage. I know some people find it hard to fathom, but it’s me, it’s who I am."

When people moan about been a celebrity, I think, ‘Oh please, sort yourself out -– it’s the greatest job in the world.’ I wake up daily thanking my lucky stars, but to throw marriage into that mix is not right. I have seen too many celebrity marriages that on paper make a great mix, fall apart through ego and just plain celebrity madness."

Some tabs report that Cowell gave Seymour a bundle, about $5 million cash and another $4.6 million to buy a Beverly Hills home just before she called it quits.

And what about the rumors that he just bought his protege Leona Lewis a house? Could that be the real reason for the split?

"There is no one new in my life," Simon sez. "I can honestly say some of my best friends are girls, but we’re not dating, and that is that. Forget any lurid tabloid headlines. Myself and Terri will remain firm friends. We’re grownups.”

So there.

Who should Simon date now? Any suggestions? And don’t say Paula Abdul!

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Posted by:Elizabeth Snead