Simon Cowell jealous of "comical" OBE winner Gary Barlow
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Firstly, Simon was reportedly annoyed upon finding out that Take That star Gary had been awarded an OBE from the Queen.
Tom Bower claims in a new chapter of Sweet Revenge - his biography of Simon: "The announcement that Barlow would receive an OBE for arranging the [Diamond Jubilee concert] added to his irritation. 'He chased that madly to get three initials after his name,' he carped."
Furthermore, Simon was said to be unhappy that ITV bosses hired 41-year-old Gary for a second series of his ITV show.
Tom added: "The ambitions of Barlow, he believed, were comical. Ever since Barlow had clawed his way back after a disastrous attempt to become a solo star, Cowell was niggled by his conviction that Barlow was bidding to establish a rival entertainment empire and, like [Sir] Paul McCartney, secure a knighthood.
"He enjoyed snubbing the man who foolishly asserted that he was the top judge, not Louis Walsh, by texting his criticism about Barlow to others."
Looks like Simon's a little worried Gary could be stealing his business mogul crown.