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We didn't check with Simon Cowell in this instance, no. The reason being, when we were looking at any photos that come through to us that our picture editor would receive from an agency, there are various different checks that we go through, including where the photograph was taken and the circumstance, and as I've said before, there's a number of factors that come into play before any decision is made to putting ink on paper.

In the example of Simon Cowell, we know from working with him that he kind of enjoys the lifestyle that goes with his celebrity, and we took the decision that he's clearly playing up to the paparazzi that are there, so in this instance -- and obviously generally around the sort of tone of the piece -- we didn't feel that he would have a problem with us printing that picture. We have a good relationship with his PR.

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