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Simon Cowell is recognisable to all of us, having served as the face of talent shows such as The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent since the early noughties. During this period, the TV personality has lived by a hectic daily schedule which left him 'exhausted'. This fatigue pushed Cowell to breaking point and he was hospitalised last year after having a fall, which doctors attributed to low blood pressure caused by stress.
Since then, Cowell says he has made big changes to his daily routine which have left him feeling much happier and healthier. Speaking to Piers Morgan for The Mail On Sunday, the 59-year-old said giving up his phone has played a big part in reducing his stress levels.
He said: "There was so much to deal with and I was exhausted. I'd wake up feeling tired, which is the worst feeling in the world.
"There was one morning a year or so ago when I woke up to 25 unread text messages and I thought, 'I'm really not in the mood to read those today'. So I left it a week and it went up to 200 unread messages... So I thought, I'm just going to turn the phone off for a month and I'll get back to it then. And I never turned the phone back on again after that day.
"Then I worked out that I was doing over 1,000 meetings a year, which with the phone too, was getting crazy.
"In my 20s we used to have an answering machine at home and there were never any messages, and I was happier then. Now, if you lose your phone, it's worse than losing your wallet. I lost one once and I thought, 'My God, I've lost my life', but it's just a stupid phone!"
Cowell also said he has given up Twitter, having not tweeted for 16 months, because it meant he always had to be alert to comment and respond to messages. So while Cowell may be more stress free, it seems he is also far more difficult to get a hold of nowadays; if he's down the shop and you've ran out of milk then tough tits, he ain't getting you any.
Cowell also credited replacing the news with The Simpsons as one of the reasons for his improved well-being.
He said: "If you wake up in the morning and put the news on, and go to bed with the news on, you're not going to be in a great mood. Especially if you're also going on social media where it all becomes so negative and everyone's screaming at each other.
"So I stopped doing it and began watching The Simpsons or a great movie instead, and I've felt so much happier."
Cowell even said he doesn't care about the ratings for The X Factor anymore... which is probably for the best, considering Strictly Come Dancing is currently foxtrotting away with more than twice as many viewers.
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