I still feel 40 years old – and thank god there are ways to make me still look it, says Simon Cowell, 62

BRITAIN'S Got Talent's Simon Cowell, 62, insists he 'still feels 40' – and is grateful that there are still ways to make him look it.

The music mogul will be back on our screens tonight as the ITV talent show returns after a year off.

Simon has been a judge on BGT for the majority of its 15 year run, and he admits he still feels as young as he was back then.

Speaking to The Sun while promoting the new series, Simon said: "65 is the new 40, right? Thank God with whatever we can all look and feel better nowadays.

"I know where you're going with this but it's all about energy. I've seen people at 50 look exhausted, terrible, haven't got it and then I've seen the reverse.

"I've seen people in their 80s who have still got it mentally and feel good running marathons. 

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"When I was 40 I thought 'what am I going to do when I'm 60', but to be honest with you I feel the same as I did then."

During the show's run Simon has only missed the audition stages of series five and the live shows of series 14.

However, he has no plans to take a permanent step back from the series any time soon.

He said: "I'll be committing until 2025 – that's when the contract runs to.

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"I'll never retire. I would never, ever do that. I think you've got to have a job you hate to retire. Thank God I have a job I still love.

"If you have a great idea and believe you can make it happen, there's always the chance you can."

He continued: "This show is an example. It was dead in the water. I couldn't get arrested with it. No one wanted to buy it.

"I just got really lucky that NBC bought it in America, because if they hadn't we wouldn't be having this conversation today. It was over.

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"That's the way thing happen sometimes I certainly wouldn't have predicted then that however many years ago we'd be having a conversation like this still talking about a talent show.

"The great thing is there are still amazing people out there with great stories and talent they want to share."

Britain's Got Talent begins tonight at 8pm on ITV.

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