Simon Cowell puffs on cigarette and walks with Piers Morgan after 'heated row in street' with partner Lauren Silverman

SIMON Cowell has been spotted puffing on a cigarette while enjoying a lockdown stroll with pal Piers Morgan after a "heated row in the street" with partner Lauren Silverman.

The two men caught up in Holland Park, London – with 61-year-old Simon looking slimmer than ever after his four stone weight loss.

The music mogul was dressed casually in a pair of blue jeans and a black puffer jacket, his protective facemask lowered to his chin as he smoked.

Piers, 55, was also dressed down in a navy jumper and winter coat, and appeared to be animated in conversation.

Simon and Piers have been friends for years, with the star even giving the Good Morning Britain presenter a judging role on America's Got Talent in 2006.

Clearly impressed with what he saw, Simon went on to hire Piers for the British version of the talent competition when it launched in 2007.

Piers was replaced by Michael McIntyre in 2011, and eventually Alesha Dixon and David Walliams joined Simon and Amanda Holden to complete the long-standing line-up.

Although Piers has often joked about the snub, and made thinly-veiled digs at Simon in the past the rivalry is all in good jest, and the two men have remained close.

The new snaps come just one day after The Sun exclusively revealed photos of Simon appearing to have a heated row with girlfriend Lauren in the street.

Onlookers told us that Simon had a "face like thunder" during the exchange, with 43-year-old Lauren storming off.

The couple had been out with seven-year-old son Eric and a pet dog when the argument appeared to kick off.

One passer-by shared: “Simon started to walk off and Lauren was walking behind him.

“Then he stopped and they seemed to be rowing. Simon had a face like thunder. It appeared to be very fraught.

“Lauren turned to move off and Simon put out his hand as if he didn’t want her to walk off.

“Lauren put her hand up close to her mouth and made a gesture.

“Simon looked annoyed and got out his phone and started ringing someone.

"He crossed over on to the other side of the road and Lauren carried on walking without him.”

The onlooker added of the incident in London last Friday: “It was odd as they walked in the same direction but not together.

"Both of them seemed pretty annoyed.”

The couple have been together for almost eight years and started dating while she was still married to Andrew Silverman, 46.

A source close to the family denied that there was any tension at the time, insisting: "Simon and Lauren weren’t having a tiff at all.

"They are happier than ever. They have been together throughout lockdown and, with Eric, were just walking in the park — like so many families at the current time."

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