Simon Cowell`s mother calls him `Mr Pop`
The `X Factor` boss was given the moniker by his beloved mum Julie following the massive success of his music act Robson and Jerome`s 1995 single `Unchained Melody` and according to his brother Tony the apt title has stuck.
He revealed in his column in Britain`s Star magazine: "Our family pet name for Simon is `Mr. Pop` - it`s the name our mum coined for him years ago when we all had to suffer listening to Robson and Jerome being played all day, every day on the radio back in 1995. But I salute my `Mr Pop` - I`ve never seen anyone who can pack so much work into 24 hours."
Since achieving chart success in the 90s, Simon has gone on to conquer music and television, managing a succession of chart-topping acts and creating the hugely popular talent shows `The X Factor` and `Britain`s Got Talent`.
He has been dubbed `Mr Nasty` by viewers of his talent shows because of his harsh comments to hopefuls.
Julie has previously revealed her 51-year-old son was very competitive when he was a child and she thinks this is what fuelled his career ambitions.
She said: "He was a difficult child, he knew what he wanted and sent you crazy getting it.
"He was one of those children who made up their mind from an early age and was very competitive as a child."