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Now that the COVID-19 pandemic has forever affected our world, many of us are looking more and more to our phones for entertainment. However, AGT star Simon Cowell doesn’t have a phone. Why not — and how does he make it work?

At age 60, Simon Cowell is phone-free

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Simon Cowell attends the America’s Got Talent Season 14 in 2019 in | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Simon Cowell, who has been a judge on reality competition shows American Idol, The X-Factor, and America’s Got Talent, recently spoke with Entertainment Tonight. He admitted that he got rid of his cell phone a while back — and it hasn’t returned. How does he do it?

“It’s very simple,” Cowell said. “It means you don’t wake up to, like, 50 text messages you can’t reply to. And that’s what happened one morning. I woke up and I’ve got 52 unread messages.” To his point — waking up to stress is not ideal. Cowell continued:

… even if I reply to every one of those, I’m going to get another replying back, and then I’m going to get more that day. And I realized it was actually stopping me from working or living properly, so I just turned it off and I went a month, three months, then a year, then two years, then three years.

After years without a phone, does Cowell feel out of the loop, or more at peace?

“I love it,” he said. Why does the TV star like a phone-free lifestyle so much?

“… when you’re in a meeting or you’re having a conversation or you’re at dinner and someone’s reading whatever they’re reading on their phone,” Simon Cowell said. “It’s like we’re not engaging anymore.”

Cowell also talks dealing with the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic with his wife and son

Cowell also told Entertainment Tonight about how he’s getting through the COVID-19 outbreak. Currently, the reality TV personality lives with his girlfriend Lauren Silverman and their son, who is 6 years old.

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Simon Cowell at the first X-Factor auditions in 2016 | Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images

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“We never have the news playing in the house, number one,” Cowell explained. “So whatever we need to talk about, you know, we shield it.”

For a kid that age, Cowell explained, it’s hard. He told ET:

We keep him away from this because at six years old, you know, look — it’s hard for all of us. But for someone that age, for any parent, I think we’d all feel the same way. You try and protect your kids through this process. But I mean, having this time with him and seeing that he’s still getting schooled, etcetera, I said this many times, we’re all in this together.

However, now, the America’s Got Talent judge is focused on his “appreciation for the people out there who are risking their lives on the front line.”

Even for Cowell, known for his harsh comments to America Idol hopefuls, the global pandemic has softened him a bit.

“You know, that’s where your thoughts go,” he said. “I mean, it is quite remarkable.”