We don't know about you, but we reckon the notorious "Mr. Nasty" has been softening up lately. First, he organized a beautiful single to raise money for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire in England. Then, he flew a 5-year-old boy to the U.S. for special cancer treatment just a few months ago. And again, Simon Cowell, 57, is showcasing his new softer side, as it's been revealed that he has paid for one of the Britain's Got Talent finalists to fly to the U.S. to have a life-changing surgery.
Julia Carlile, who was in the dancing group MerseyGirls, is just 15 years old, and was suffering from scoliosis — an abnormal curve of the spine. Despite this, she was still able to dance in the group, who reached the finale last year.
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Sadly, Julia revealed during their audition that she would no longer be able to dance after the talent show, due to an operation she needed to have for her scoliosis. The operation would fuse her spine with metal rods, preventing her from performing her usual movements.
But in an amazing turn of events, Simon got involved when her family find out there was a different operation in the U.S. that wasn't practiced in the U.K. The operation, called body tethering, sees screws being fixed into a cord in the back and is reversible if it doesn't work.
The girls revealed that if they won the show, they would use the money to pay for Julia's surgery. But after their semi-final performance, Simon took matters into their own hands.
He said: "Just seeing how you’ve all come together with this beautiful friendship that you've got, and when you're passionate about something, I couldn't imagine not being ever able to do that again. I really couldn't. And that's why we all live — for the things that we love to do. Whatever happens, we'll make sure you're in a great place."
Julia later told the U.K.'s Liverpool Echo: "He didn't have to do it, and he has changed my life. There are no words to thank him for how grateful we are. It's just unbelievable."
Congrats to Julia!
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