Simon Cowell has once again commented about speculation concerning his sexuality by saying he “couldn’t care less” if people think that he’s gay.

The X Factor mogul told the Radio Times he was happily single and not looking for a wife.

“I’m happy single… I tend to be in a relationship more than being single. Terri (Seymour) lasted six years, Mezhgan (Hussainy) lasted two years, and that was in a nine-year block, so I was only single for about a year out of those nine years,” he said.

Asked if he minded when people ask when he is “coming out”, he told the magazine: “If I was living 200 years ago in a coal mine, maybe, but I work in possibly the gayest industry in the world! Music and TV!

“It would make no difference to my life or my career. A lot of my friends are gay, but I’m not and don’t even think that way any more.”

He added: “I couldn’t care less (if people think I’m gay) because it’s nothing to be ashamed of. It feels like such an antiquated question now.”

Cowell admitted that he hires some women because he fancies them.

The 53-year-old said of former X Factor judge Cheryl Cole: “I think my entire production staff – including a lot of gay people – were madly in love with Cheryl.

“I mean, literally, when she walked on set on the first day in the UK I thought that she was one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen in my life. I mean, genuinely.

“She was just absolutely stunning. She still is, but I remember that day vividly as in ‘God, you are gorgeous.”‘

Last October, Little Britain star David Walliams said rumours about Cowell’s sexuality will always surround him.