Simon Cowell: UK should be ‘big happy family’

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: X Factor boss Simon Cowell has said he wants the UK to remain as “one big happy family”.

Simon Cowell says he has Scottish blood in him. Picture: Getty

The new father has become the latest celebrity to speak out on Scotland’s future in the run-up to the independence referendum in September.

Cowell was reported to have said he has “Scottish blood” and wants the UK to “all be together”.

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Meanwhile, Scots actress Rose Leslie, who stars in Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones, said she had a “real concern about independence”. Cowell, who is to return as a judge on X Factor later this year, reportedly said: “My mum’s maiden name was Dalglish so I have Scottish blood in me. Personally, I would like us all to be together.

“At the end of the day, it is their decision, obviously. But I would prefer us to remain one big happy family.”

Leslie said: “First and foremost, Scotland is my home and I do consider myself Scottish, but I also feel very British and I hope that Scotland stays within the Union. I have a real concern about independence.”