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The show boss has claimed he saw a ghost while filming the stage of the ITV talent show at a haunted chateau in the Loire Valley earlier this month.
Simon told ‘Xtra Factor’ host Rochelle Humes he was spooked by a ghostly grey figure sliding past a window, as hopeful Anton Stephans performed for him and guest judge Louis Tomlinson at the Chateau de Candes in Candes-Saint-Martin.
According to The Sun, TV monitors began flickering as the vision appeared, and a bolted window reportedly flew open.
Speaking about the castle to Rochelle, Simon said: “I know it’s haunted. I saw it.”
His girlfriend Lauren Silverman also admitted that she had felt a “presence” at the French property, where Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger and AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson have also previously stayed.
Owners of the chateau claim it is not the first time they’ve had reports of spooky goings-on, however.
Monique Pignet said: “Last year we had a Russian stay and he felt a definite presence.
“He said it was the spirit of a man and it was strong around the tower and what we call the arena. So it is true to say our place is haunted.”
Simon also claimed it was not his first brush with the supernatural, telling Rochelle: “I did have a ghost in my house once and I do think it was a friendly ghost.
“I was living in a house and the bedroom door was open and every night you would hear, ‘knock knock’.
“I was thinking, ‘There has to be a reason’, but there wasn’t so I am convinced it was a ghost. I couldn’t explain it.”
These scenes air on ‘The Xtra Factor’ on ITV2 this Saturday (24 October).