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America’s Got Talent judge Simon Cowell congratulates former protégé Leona Lewis on her nuptials

Simon Cowell wished his friend and former protégé Leona Lewis and her new husband Dennis Jauch “all the best for their journey ahead” on their wedding day.

The 59-year-old music mogul is “thrilled” for the 34-year-old singer – who won his TV talent show ‘The X Factor’ in 2006 – who tied the knot with her boyfriend of nine years in Tuscany last month in a ceremony with 180 of their family and friends.

Simon – who was invited to the wedding but couldn’t attend due to his shooting schedule shooting ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ – told HELLO! magazine: “I’m really thrilled for Leona and Dennis. Leona is such a great person and I wish them all the best for their journey ahead.”

The ‘Bleeding Love’ hitmaker explained that Simon “really wanted” to be at the wedding but she understood why he couldn’t be there and she spilled that they have been “hanging out a lot this year”

She said: “He really wanted to be there. Simon is a very good friend of mine, I love him. We’ve been hanging out a lot this year and he has always been so supportive. He’s such a good guy and he has his family now which is so beautiful to see.”

Simon has a five-year-old son Eric with his partner, Lauren Silverman.

Leona also spoke about Dennis’ late father Lutz, who passed away just three weeks before the event, claiming that he was at the nuptials in spirit “the whole time” and that she feels the ceremony brought both she and Dennis and their families “closer together”. The X Factor winner also shared an intimate video from her private wedding in the Tuscan countryside.

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A little peek into our special day ✨ thank you @theofficialsting & @trudiestyler for allowing us & our loved ones to make amazing memories at your gorgeous Tuscan home surrounded by nature, music and beautiful energy. The past few weeks have been the hardest times that @dennisjauch & I have faced together with the loss of his amazing father Lutz. We felt him with us every moment of this day, surrounding us with love and blessings. This day is dedicated to his memory and dedicated to the love that he constantly showed us. Everyday is a gift, fill it with love always 🌸 🎥 @grantmaz

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She said: “I feel with everything we’ve been through, our wedding has brought us and our families closer together. Dennis’ dad was there the whole time and we cherished it even more. Now we can’t wait for the next chapter of our life.”

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