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Mezhgan Hussainy captures Simon Cowell's heart

February 17, 2010 | 10:53 am


If Mezhgan Hussainy could help Adam Lambert look that glam good, we imagine she'll make Simon Cowell look plenty good as well.

Cowell's girlfriend (She is "American Idol's" makeup department head) got a big ol' diamond ring at dinner on Valentine's Day (people saw it happen), but the "American Idol" judge hasn't said for sure if they're engaged. (Do you blame him?)

What he did admit: "I think I'm ready to have little Simons around."

That last was from an interview he did with Piers Morgan for the "Life Stories" series, which airs on British network ITV1.

“I’m smitten with Mezhgan – I think she’s the one. She’s very special,” Cowell said.

They first met on the set of "Idol" in 2003 -- Afghan-born Mezhgan is a makeup artist who has helped transform many contestants, as she describes in the 2008 video above, and ...

Mezghan ... they have been dating discreetly for about six months. She told E! News a while back that one of her wishes on the job was "to not have Simon going, 'What ... is wrong with your face?'"

Onlookers were surprised back in November, the Daily Mail reported, when Simon planted a kiss on Mezhgan's lips at an audition for "Britain's Got Talent," where she reportedly was with him at every session.

Cowell is 50; Hussainy is 36, and on the job she goes by her first name only.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

P.S. Her first name? It's pronounced "mish-gone." We feel so much cooler now.

[For the record, Feb. 20, 2010: An earlier headline on this post misspelled Mezhgan's name as Mezghan. And dangit, the Ministry had triple-checked it everywhere except the big, embarrassing type. Thanks to commenter Rebecca for pointing it out. We owe you a lip gloss or something./cdz]

Photo: Mezhgan Hussainy at work in 2007. The "American Idol" makeup artist and judge Simon Cowell are officially an item. Credit: Alex Gallardo / Los Angeles Times.

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