Despite his harsh demeanor, Simon Cowell is a big ol’ softie inside— especially when it comes to “American Idol” alum Kelly Clarkson!
Kelly won “American Idol” back in 2002 and Simon has raved about her ever since— and vice versa. Now, as Simon received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Kelly Clarkson was there to support him, giving a sweet speech about what his friendship means to her.
“The best friend you could ever have is someone being honest with you, even if they don’t agree, but just being honest with you and being supportive,” she said. “It’s not a friend to you to have a yes-person around you. It’s a friend to have somebody who actually gives you their truth. That’s the thing that I think everyone can thank you for.”
Kelly also took to Instagram to share a series of photos from the event, showing off her incredible weight loss in an adorable black dress covered in yellow flowers. “16 years later and I’m still a fan of this man,” she said. “Congrats on your star Simon!”