Simon Cowell Makes Dying Little Girl’s Dream Come True
First Published: June 10, 2010 10:57 AM EDT Credit: AP
LONDON, England -- Simon Cowell might be best known for shattering some people’s hopes and aspirations while he was a judge on “American Idol,” but over the weekend he made one 5-year-old’s singing dream come true – just days before she died.
According to Britain’s Daily Mail, Bethany Fenton, 5, was able to sing for the former “Idol” judge on Saturday at the “Britain’s Got Talent” finals, where he is also is a judge.
“Simon let me sing ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ to him. He’s so nice and I love him,” Bethany told the Daily Mail following her performance.
Only four days after her dream performance came true, Bethany reportedly died following complications from a brain tumor. She was previously diagnosed with an anaplastic astrocytoma brain tumor – which was inoperable. She reportedly died in the arms of her mother, Jemma, and father, Sean, at the Helen House Hospice in Oxford, England.
When asked about his daughter’s trip the “BGT” finals, her dad told the paper, “The highlight of the day was meeting Simon Cowell, who was a true gentleman, joking with Bethany and listening intently as she sang to him.”
A family friend and spokesman told the paper, “On Sunday she was fine, she was absolutely over the moon with what happened. Her dad said that she had done what she always wanted to do, meet Simon Cowell and sing to him. She had achieved her big ambition and was now ready to depart this earth.”
Simon’s rep reportedly said the British reality star “was so touched” by Bethany’s performance and was very distraught over her death.
“He is really upset, he said what a beautiful little girl she was… He is just so sad, and sad for the whole family. She was a very special little girl and Simon was so touched when she sang for him,” his rep told the paper. “He was happy that he was able to do a special something on Saturday night to give her a few precious moments but it is so sad and his heart goes out to Bethany’s mum and dad and he is thinking of them.”
Bethany had three siblings, 2-month-old Millie, Gracie, 2, and Louis, 10.
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