It’s been reported that Simon Cowell is currently dating Brazilian divorcee Ana Paula Junqueira.

According to The Sun Junqueira, 38, met Cowell when she was invited aboard his chartered yacht Slipstream with a group of pals in St Barts in the Caribbean in January.

Her former husband is Swedish-born Johan Eliasch, 49, the British-based boss of the firm Head which makes the world’s best-selling tennis racquets.

In Tom Bower's book Sweet Revenge: The Intimate Life Of Simon Cowell, which is being serialised in The Sun, it is claimed that the pair became close "at the end of one high-spirited night" at the St Barts yacht club.

"Fuelled by champagne he invited a group of Brazilian girls on to Slipstream. By 5am he was intimately embraced with Ana Paula, a well-known international socialite.

"At teatime later that day, she had flown back to Sao Paulo on a private jet and had texted her intentions. 'She's coming to London soon', he announced. 'That should be fun', Cowell smiled."

Cowell took Junqueira on a date to a Chinese restaurant in London on Wednesday.

"They keep their romance low-key. Ana is very much her own accomplished woman, Simon respects her for that," a source added. .