Simon Cowell became a national sensation in 2002 when American Idol first premiered and since then, he's been a mainstay on the small screen in both the U.S. and his native U.K. In fact, he just began filming a new season of Britain's Got Talent. To promote the show, Simon posed for a photo with his fellow judges on the competition series. That pic was posted on Instagram and people were shocked with Simon's new look. The 59-year-old music mogul didn't have a single wrinkle on his stubbled face, and it brought all the trolls out.
From disappointment to comparisons to movie characters, the comments were pretty ruthless:
For comparison, here is how Simon looked before the first finale of American Idol 17 years ago:
While this could just be an issue of bad Photoshopping, Cowell is no stranger to cosmetic procedures. Simon previously told England's The Sun that he paid $3,000 for the non-surgical sewing of bioplastic-infused thread to lift his face and keep him free of wrinkles. He explained, "There's lots of things you can do now. You don't just have to stuff your face with filler and Botox. It hurts like hell but it gets rid of sun damage and unplugs all the crap."
He also confessed to using Botox for 10 years.
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