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Michael Becker / FOX
Simon Cowell has a very good reason as to why he looked bored during his final days on American Idol.
"I was bored," he says in the new issue of GQ. "But at the same time I had a deal with Fox, and you've got to do what you've been paid to do."
How bored? Read on to find out, plus why he may have his body frozen when he dies...
"There were times I used to wake up and I knew it was an audition day, and it was the same feelings I used to get Sunday nights at school," Cowell said. "I used to wake up and think, I just wish I could do what I used to do—put a cup of tea on my head and pretend I'd got a fever."
As we all know, Cowell moved on from Idol to launch The X Factor in the U.S. "The first two or three years on Idol, I had a blast," he said. "And then, as it got more and more successful, I didn't want to do it anymore. I just felt I was there being paid to do a role, and after a while that's not very satisfying. So it was hard work the last couple of years. I wanted to do this."
While Cowell makes no apologies about making gazillions of dollars, he also believes you can't take it with you. Asked by writer Chris Heath what he'll do with his money, Cowell said, "Leave the whole lot to charity...You can enjoy it while you've got it, and then it's gone to good causes afterwards."
He explained, "One of the good things about making money is that you can help other people. It feels good when you do it. I like doing it. But the idea that the whole lot just gets moved to another person, that's ridiculous. I don't think it's good for people." (Cowell refused to talk about his engagement to makeup artist Mezhgan Hussainy, but said he doesn't want to have children.)
But maybe he'll keep the money in a trust, because he likes the idea of being frozen when he dies. "It's an insurance policy," Cowell said. "If it doesn't work, it doesn't work. If it does work, I'll be happy. If it's possible and I think it will be, why not have a second crack? Does that sound crazy? I think it's a good idea."