Simon Cowell 'thinks about cigarettes during sex'

A packet of cigarettes may well be found next to a box of condoms in Simon Cowell's bedside cabinet, as the music mogul has revealed smoking is never far from his mind - even when he is having sex.

The 53-year-old has opened up about his love for cigarettes during an interview on E Online! chat show Chelsea Lately, where he explained the habit is associated with many of the nice things in life, such as getting intimate with a partner.

When host Chelsea Handler asked if he was referring to sex, Cowell replied: "Completely. And in fact sometimes while I'm having sex, I'm actually thinking I want to hurry up and finish so I can have a cigarette!"

In response, Handler joked that this is a "wonderful thing" that Cowell - a judge on Britain's Got Talent and The X Factor USA - may want to share with the next person he beds.