Moving pictures show a cancer-stricken boy enjoying himself at Simon Cowell’s son’s Despicable Me-themed birthday party.
Though known for his fearsome put-downs, the TV judge’s soft side came out as he shared a heart-melting hug with five-year-old Kian Musgrove.
Kian, who suffers from rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma, can be seen embracing the music mogul at his son Eric’s 4th birthday bash at a swanky hotel.
Simon Cowell shared a heart-melting hug with five-year-old Kian Musgrove, who suffers from rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma
The little fighter became friends with Cowell after he donated £25,000 and paid for his flights to America for pioneering treatment in 2016.
And at the party he can be seen playing with his son Eric on the bouncy castle before jumping into what he thought was a ball pit – but was filled with water.
His mum Kat, 30, told Chronicle Live: ‘Two days ago I got a message from Eric’s mammy asking if we would like to go to his party.
‘Simon paid for us to be chauffeur driven and our train journey, he’s so kind.
‘We have arrived at this real luxurious hotel in a Jaguar. Kian is loving it.’
Kian (pictured left with Cowell’s son Eric) became friends with Cowell after he donated £25,000 and paid for his flights to America for pioneering treatment in 2016
His mum Kat, 30, (pictured left with Cowell and her son) said the TV judge was ‘so kind’ to have invited Kian to the party in London
Dressed in an adorable waistcoat and tie, Kian had to have a change of clothes after jumping into the water-filled ball pit.
‘I couldn’t believe it,’ said Kat. ‘Kian was so excited and running around with Eric when he jumped straight into what he thought was a ball pit. But, in fact, it also had water in.
‘Kian was soaking and had to be taken away by Eric’s nanny. They dried him off and ordered some more clothes for him. It was very good of them to do that.
‘He’s just loving it. He’s running around and playing with Eric. He’s been jumping up and down on the bouncy castle with inflatable bananas. It’s been a brilliant day.’
Kian, who lives in Prudhoe in Northumberland, was invited to watch the X-Factor final in London in December
The cheeky youngster (pictured with mum Kat and sister Katie) entertained audiences by doing a dance on stage
Kian, who lives in Prudhoe in Northumberland, was invited to watch the X-Factor final in London in December.
And the cheeky youngster entertained audiences by doing a dance on stage.
The schoolboy recently returned from America where he had a final round of pioneering treatment in New York.
More than £60,000 was raised by Generous Geordies among others to send him there in the hope of end his cancer nightmare.
In 2015 a mystery benefactor from Luxembourg also donated £40,000 to his family so he could fly to the Michigan for treatment.
Kian was first diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma on October 31, 2013, after doctors discovered 27 tumours around his kidneys and in his bones
Despite chemotherapy and numerous operations Kian (pictured in 2014) still had an 80 per cent chance the cancer would return, doctors said
Kian was first diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma on October 31, 2013, when he was 18 months old.
Doctors discovered 27 tumours around his kidneys and in his bones.
He was cared for at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary but despite chemotherapy and numerous operations, Kian still had an 80 per cent chance the cancer would return, doctors said.
But now the youngster has started to enjoy life again.
But now the youngster (pictured in his earlier years) in has started to enjoy life again
THE SECOND MOST COMMON CHILDHOOD TUMOUR
Neuroblastoma is the cancer of specialised nerve cells, also known as neural crest cells.
It is the second most common childhood tumour.
The symptoms range from tiredness to lack of appetite and pain in the bones. Most children who are diagnosed with the condition are younger than five years old.
Treatment includes surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and antibody treatment.
Almost half of neuroblastoma cases are an aggressive form and, despite very intensive treatment, it has a high chance of returning. It affects around 100 children every year.