Simon Cowell and long-time girlfriend Lauren Silverman are now engaged, after being together since 2013.

According to Metro, Cowell popped the question on Christmas Eve in Barbados, with their seven-year-old son Eric and Lauren’s older son Adam present.

The 62-year-old had previously said that he would never get married.

It was back in 2004 when the music mogul met New York City socialite Lauren, 44, when she was on holiday in Barbados with her then-husband Andrew Willner.

Then in 2013 they went public with their relationship, with Andrew filing for an at-fault divorce, citing adultery by his wife and naming Cowell as a co-respondent.

Redhill And Reigate Life: The pair got engaged after many years together (PA)The pair got engaged after many years together (PA)

The following year Silverman gave birth to their son Eric in February 2014.

As reported by Metro, Cowell paid tribute to Silverman when he received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2018.

He said at the time: "Lauren, you’ve been my rock for the past few years. Put up with everything I put up with."

Cowell had previously been engaged once before this occurence, which was to makeup artist Mezhgan Hussainy in 2010, but their relationship ended in 2011.

He has also previously dated the singer Sinitta and presenter Terri Seymour.