Simon Cowell issues a statement denying that he is gay following claim in Tulisa drugs trial

"The question of whether someone is or is not gay is antiquated" the statement reads after the mogul's private life was referenced in the trial

Simon Cowell has issued a statement denying that he is gay following a claim made during Tulisa Contostavlos’ recent drugs trial.

During the course of the former X Factor judge Contostavlos’ trial, which collapsed in court yesterday (July 21), jurors were played a recording of a conversation between her PA, Gareth Varey, and journalist Mazher Mahmood in which Varey claimed that Simon Cowell was gay and that he knew men who had slept with the music mogul.

Following the collapse of the trial at Southwark Crown Court, a statement was issued on behalf of Cowell denying the claims. The statement reads (via The Mirror): “Simon was referred to during the trial without forewarning, resulting in widespread media coverage of untrue claims regarding his private life. In 2014 the question of whether someone is or is not gay is antiquated. (As it happens he isn’t, though if he were, he would simply have said so).”

“However, the issue was the false suggestion made by Mr Varey that Simon – who is renowned for his honesty and candidness – had thus not been truthful in the public arena and this is what we have been obliged to clarify.”

Contostavlos’ trial came to an end after Judge Alistair McCreath stated that he believed prosecution witness Mahmood lied to the court at a pre-trial hearing. The pop star was accused of brokering an £800 cocaine deal and will walk free, as will her co-defendant Michael Coombs, 36, who had previously pleaded guilty to supplying cocaine.