Simon Cowell ‘shaken up’ after armed intruder breaks into his home

The music mogul came face-to-face with an 'over zealous' fan who broke into his home 'armed with a brick'

Simon Cowell was said to be ‘terrified’ after a face-to-face encounter with a woman who broke into his home armed with a brick on Saturday night.

In an incredible lapse of security, it is believed the woman gained entry to Simon’s £9m West London property via a downstairs window before wandering from room to room, and even laying on his bed.

It was in the lounge she came face-to-face with the music mogul, whose worth is an estimated £300m.

The Britain’s Got Talent judge, 52, told a friend: ‘It was an absolutely terrifying experience. Seeing this woman standing there in my house was like something out of a horror movie.

‘It was frightening but I’m going to take it as a warning. In some ways I’ve been lucky. You have to look on the positive side because it could have been a whole lot worse.

He added: ‘I now know that I need to improve my security. She could have had a gun.’

The intruder, named as Leanne Zaloumis, 29, was detained by some of Cowell’s staff and security before the police arrived and took her into custody.

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