Cowell had hoped to bring "The X Factor" to the U.S. years ago. But after "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller and 19 Entertainment filed a lawsuit citing similarities in the two programs, Cowell was forced to delay his plans for five years.
Following are a few snippets from the article. The full story is available at GQ.com.
- On tiring of "American Idol": "The first two or three years on "Idol," I had a blast. 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."
- On growing up: "My worst nightmare in the world would have been if I'd had to join a golf club and have miserable suck-up evenings with the boss. I actually would rather throw myself off a bridge than have that."
- On his competitive streak: "I have no issues saying that I am incredibly competitive. I take more pleasure out of my own success than other people's success. It's just one of those things."
- On having children: "With the way I live my life, I wouldn't have the patience. I'd sort of want people born at the age of 10, I think."
- On his plans to be frozen after he dies: "It's an insurance policy. 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."
"The X Factor" debuts September 21 at 8 p.m. ET.