She said, "He always said he never wanted to get married. He surprised us all." The X Factor judge, 50, who proposed to make-up artist Mezhgan Hussainy, 36, with a 288,000-pound Graff diamond ring on Valentine's Day, is privately telling pals he has no idea when he will get hitched.
"He's a bit overwhelmed by the whole marriage thing and has no plans at the moment. He hates everyone talking about it," a source said. "When Mezhgan and myself decide the time is right, we will make our own plans," Cowell has always insisted. There is a fear it will be the longest engagement in history and will never translate into a wedding," another source said.
But a friend added, "They make a great couple and Simon's intentions are totally genuine." A spokeswoman said, "We do not comment on Simon's private life."