Simon Cowell: Ronan fix claims made me feel sick
- Bang Showbiz
- 8 June 2011
Simon Cowell felt ''sick to the stomach'' over online claims that 12-year-old Ronan Parke's involvement in 'Britain's Got Talent' was a fix
Simon Cowell felt "sick to the stomach" over claims Ronan Parke's involvement in 'Britain's Got Talent' was a fix.
The 51-year-old music mogul explained reading the damning online blog - which suggested the 12-year-old singer had been involved with Simon's Syco label since he was 10, and that he had been "planted" on the ITV2 show - felt like a "hammer blow".
He said: "The most upsetting this was this poisonous email. It was so malicious and so anti this 12-year-old kid who couldn't defend himself.
"The fact there were people who thought it was a scam, or worse that it was true or a publicity job, made me feel sick to my stomach. I felt very sorry for him, I phoned his mum. It was a hammer blow."
Simon also admitted he would be prepared to testify in court against the anonymous blogger to prove the innocence of Ronan - who was runner-up in 'Britain's Got Talent' to Jai McDowall - as the statement could have "ruined" the youngster's life.
He added to The Sun newspaper: "We have to stop people who are able to hide behind being invisible and can make up lies about a kid which could have wrecked his life. If you read it in full he could have got beaten up or bullied. He could have lost his confidence. You can't let people get away with this.
"I am prepared to stand up in court. That person should have the guts to speak in public bit won't because it's a lie."