I've been told I'll live to be 95 says Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell has been told he will live to the grand age of 95.
The 55-year-old showbiz supremo said he had tests done to predict when he will die and the results suggest he has another 40 years of life left.
Despite being a smoker, Cowell's impressive life expectancy is partly down to having a family, he said.
He told the Daily Mirror: "I had the DNA test done in LA which predicts when you're going to die. They take your blood and DNA, then give you back a sheet of paper which says 'We think you're going to be alive until xxxx'.
"Obviously it doesn't take account of the fact you might get hit by a bus tomorrow, but I got told I'd die aged 95 - which is about as good as you can expect."
He added: "I think a lot of it is down to having a family now, and a lack of stress. I've learned to deal with stress much better now, things don't bother me in the way that they once used to."
Cowell talked of the importance of regular check-ups, telling the newspaper: "I'm a great believer in getting checked out because if you know you're OK, you actually feel better; your mind plays a big part of it.
"I get everything checked out twice a year and so far, considering everything I've done, I've been lucky and had no scares.
"My heart, my lungs, my blood - they've all been checked. I remember one of the doctors almost being disappointed when he showed me the results because he couldn't wait to tell me what smoking was doing to me. But there was nothing there."
The life expectancy of people in England has risen from 75.9 years in 1990 to 81.3 years in 2013.