(NEW YORK POST) Simon Cowell has released a statement reminding everyone that he’s straight after it was suggest that he was gay in a recording played in a UK courtroom last week.

In the taped conversation, the 54-year-old executive’s old manager, Gareth Varey, tells a man identified as Mazher Mahmood that Cowell is gay, explaining that he knew because, “I know people who have,” reports E! News.

“Simon was referred to during the trial without forewarning, resulting in widespread media coverage of untrue claims regarding his private life,” a statement from the television producer’s lawyers said.

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