Simon Cowell admitted that he still gets nightmares about the instance of a burglary in his home, including how as a result, he invested in buying a baseball bat in order to protect the family.
The music industry mogul’s home had been broken into with around £1 million of the family’s jewelry taken back in December of 2015 as he, Lauren Silverman, his partner, and Eric, their son who is now three years old, slept.
Cowell, who is 57 years of age, said to The Daily Mail of how he spent over £500,000 on the upgrades he added to his home’s security system following the incident.
Darren February, the burglar, had been sentenced last month to around 8 years in jail for the burglary, who was already in prison for killing a man on a motorcycle after the incident.
Cowell stated: “Now that this guy is in prison, there is an incredible sense of relief.”
“The whole experience has been pretty traumatizing and not something I ever want to go through again.”
“I’ve obviously had to massively increase my personal security at home with every mod-con you can imagine, and all this stuff, including a panic room.”
“My house basically looks like something out of Raiders Of The Lost Ark.”
“We called in these guys and one of the things they suggested was a baseball bat. I’m not even joking. So I literally have a baseball bat ready to go if anyone comes in.”
Cowell mentioned: “What happened was utterly terrifying.”
“It is almost irrelevant what he took – that is all just stuff. Jewelry, passports, none of that really matters.”
“What really got to me though was that this guy was walking about in my house when Eric was fast asleep – it doesn’t bear thinking about what could have happened if he had gone into his bedroom, and found him. “It is terrifying, and still gives me nightmares.”