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Simon Cowell not engaged, his publicist says

Shooting down persistent Internet reports, Simon Cowell's publicist says the acerbic "American Idol" judge is not about to get hitched to Mezhgan Hussainy, the show's makeup artist.

"I spoke to Simon in London yesterday afternoon, just before he took his flight back to L.A.," Max Clifford told "I asked him: 'Look, are you engaged? Is it true?' and he said, 'No! No. I'm not engaged.'

"Yes, they are an item," he added. "Yes, they're happy. But they're not engaged. That's straight from Simon's mouth."

Hussainy provoked speculation when she wore a new diamond ring while dining with Cowell Sunday night at Mr. Chow's in London. And during a British TV appearance Tuesday, Cowell said of Hussainy: "She's the one. . . . She's very special."

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