Britain's Got Talent's Paul Potts seen 15yrs after historic win as he opens up about friendship with Simon Cowell | The Sun

BRITAIN'S Got Talent star Paul Potts has been seen 15 years after his historic Britain’s Got Talent win.

The star has released a new album, named Musica Non Proibita, and plans to tour in February and March 2023 with his new music.

The English tenor, 51, became a global sensation after winning first place back in 2007.

Paul's success earned him big-money deals and enabled him to live out his dream as a professional singer.

And he’s still pals with BGT judge Simon Cowell, as he revealed in an exclusive chat with The Sun.

On his friendship with Simon, Paul shared: “It’s always a pleasure to catch up with Simon when the opportunity arises.

“I had a good long chat with him at the final of America’s Got Talent: The Champions, and it is gratifying to have so much respect from him.”

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Simon, 62, was on the panel when Paul took to the stage for his iconic audition, singing Nessun Dorma and wowing judges and audience members alike.

And he still watches his Britain’s Got Talent auditon back.

He shared: “I do go to the original audition video from time to time.  Sometimes people have questions about it, and I try to answer some of them, when I have a moment.

“I don’t think I would change anything.  I would tell myself to have a little more faith in myself, relax more.”

As well as having Simon’s unwavering support, Paul said it’s his wife Julie, who he married in 2003, who’s his biggest advocate.

“Julz has always been by my side, and a good sounding board.  She takes the Michael out of me, and I join in,” the musician explained.

Sharing the success behind their 19-year marriage, Paul said the pair “still do date nights.”

He said: “If there is a film we both like, we will go to the cinema to watch it.  

“There is something to be said for watching a film at a cinema.  No matter how big your TV set is, it doesn’t match the atmosphere of going to the cinema and munching on popcorn as you watch the trailers.  You have to be in time for the trailerss – it’s not the same otherwise!”

The singing sensation admits his wife will share her views if she doesn’t like a particular song.

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“Julz admires the work that has gone into it.  Not all the music is to her taste – she’s a rock chick by heart – but she does like most of them,” he added.

Paul describes his upcoming tour, titled With a Song in my Heart, as “very personal.”

Discussing the inspiration behind his album, the tenor explained that he was inspired by singers in Italy, during their very strict lockdown amid the pandemic.

Paul said: “Their lockdown was much stricter than our own and much was prohibited, but people found a way to ensure that music wasn’t one of them.

“The title of the double CD album, Musica non Proibita is Italian for Music is not prohibited. During our lockdown, starting on Mother’s Day 2020, I did a daily performance for four months – a new song every day with an hour long performance every Sunday outside our home in Port Talbot.  

“I decided to record some of the arias and songs I performed – say 12 – 16 of them.  In the end, I recorded 41!”

Tickets for Paul's brand new 2023 tour are on sale now

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