"American Idol" judge Simon Cowell admits he's vain, gets botox and, yes, his hair is real, the Daily Mail reports.

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"Vain? Yeah, I am. But to be honest with you, I can't think of one person who is on TV who isn't vain," he said. "It's the nature of the beast. If you are on TV then you have a vanity, for sure. Just admit it! Why not?"

Cowell said he wakes up every morning to breakfast in bed, the same fare every day: porridge, papaya juice, fresh fruit and a smoothie, after which he reads the paper and takes a bath.

"I like to take care of myself. I work out. I take lots of vitamins. What can I say? I think I look good for my age," he said.

He describes the defining moment of his professional life. The 48-year-old says he lost everything when he was 29 when the record company he worked for went under. Cowell, who was dependent on shares in the company, vowed to never depend on anyone else again.

"My dad was in business — he knew that it happened, too. He loaned me the money to bail me out, and I got a loan from the bank to pay him back," he said.

"In a way it was exciting to start all over again because I did it on such different terms. Every penny I earned was, well, mine - and no one was going to take it away again. It made life so much sweeter.