We understand that, for people in Hollywood, there's a ton of pressure to look a certain way. With your entire appearance constantly scrutinized by the public, it can be easy to cave to societal pressures. But, sometimes, trying to look "good for your age" can actually look, well, kind of bad. And the latest celeb to fall victim to this phenomenon? Talent show bad boy, Simon Cowell.

He's always been partial to the odd cosmetic procedure (just check out his Day-Glo teeth). But last month, Simon went even further with his transformation, and subsequently left people completely baffled by his bizarre new face.

And now, he's finally spoken out about the entire botch... but the reasons behind it aren't exactly what we expected to hear.

Simon Cowell is no stranger to internet controversy.

As a judge on huge shows like The X Factor and America's Got Talent, he's cultivated a reputation as something of a loveable rogue.

And there's something else that Simon is pretty well known for.

For as long as he's been in the public eye, he's always had a very distinctive (and some would say, kind of bizarre) appearance. His oddly tent-like t-shirts combined with high-waisted trousers and brush-like hair means that he's always recognizable.

He's also no stranger to the odd bit of... help.

But recent images have surfaced of Simon Cowell looking, quite frankly, terrifying - and the internet is absolutely obsessed with his transformation. Keep scrolling to see the newest snapshots of him and his girlfriend, showing off his new look.

And, as you'd expect, there have been some truly excellent reactions.

Many are trying to figure out exactly what he was going for when he went under the knife. Because if it was to look like a surrealist piece of art, he's succeeded perfectly.

There have been some other hilarious comparisons.

Here, Cowell is compared to a piece of skin with a face on it, first seen on sci-fi show, Dr. Who. 

His appearance has been combined with another of this week's top memes.

Like this TikTok girl. Honestly, this video is hilarious with any caption.

Many have some serious questions.

Who did this to Simon Cowell - and, more importantly, why?  Surely nobody thinks that this is a satisfactory final product?

Here's the horrific side-by-side comparison.

Honestly, what makes this transformation even weirder is the fact that it's so difficult to quite gauge what is different.

And to make matters even more horrifying?

Someone used the beloved Faceapp to show us what Simon Cowell would look like if he was sixty... oh wait, he is almost sixty... ok... what he would look like if he was normal.

Others made this comparison.

He does look oddly like a wax figure of himself - and one that's slightly melting, at that. The downturned look of his eyes is what is really freaking us out.

Luckily, we have an expert on hand.

Gossip columnist, Perez Hilton, offered his expert analysis on what exactly has gone on with Simon Cowell's appearance - and let's just say, it's a lot...

Simon has attributed his change in appearance to a "vegan diet" and lots of exercise.

But let's just say that the internet isn't buying it. That may have a positive impact on the aging process, but it doesn't result in a completely new face, does it?

Regardless, he kept pushing this new, vegan diet.

The X Factor star announced that he went to see a doctor in London that claimed he "had the worst diet." "I went to see this doctor in London. We did some tests. And then a month later he said, 'You have the worst diet I've ever met from any patient.'"

This prompted him to make some drastic lifestyle changes.

Switching to the vegan way of life apparently helped Cowell live a better life and the after-effects involved losing almost twenty pounds. Wow, it seems like he got a 2-for-1 deal there.

There's one bad habit he hasn't seemed to shake off yet...

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Smoking. Puffing a cigarette, the business mogul was seen leaving the Royal Festival Hall on Tuesday, in a swanky navy suit that showed off the fact that he'd shed more than just a few pounds.

Pairing the look with his signature, white shirt which was obviously unbuttoned down to the navel...

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He flashed the cameras a glimpse of his hairy chest, as well as a good ol' thumbs up. It seems like this diet has had a positive effect on him all-round. Keep reading to find out exactly why Simon Cowell decided to go vegan...

In the past, he's talked about the lack of control he has when it comes to indulging.

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Speaking to Ellen Degeneres, he admitted he went to see a doctor that set him straight. "He [the doctor] said, 'You have the worst diet I've ever met from any patient. So I went, 'Okay, out of the smoking, the drinking, and diet, what do I have to drop?' And he said, 'The diet.'"

"It was easier than I thought..."

"Part of the reason I did it was because of Eric. I realized if I didn't sort myself out physically, I wouldn't be able to catch up with him." It's cute that he's also doing this for his son. I mean, having a young, energetic child around is hard to keep up with even when you're at full health.

Besides the vegan diet, Cowell also admitted he has had (another) facelift.

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Right, so you got our hopes up saying that it was all down to the vegan diet. Now you're saying I also need a facelift on top of that? No thank you!

He has said that he and Amanda Holden went a little overboard with the botox...

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Shocker! The music mogul also told The Mirror that he's been left in hysterics by old clips of him and Amanda, forty-nine, sporting their significantly smoother complexions.

Though, now, he holds his hands up to the fact that he may have used too much...

"You know, the old clips of us are hysterical, Amanda's always like, 'What was I thinking?', I said, 'Well, I don't look a lot better.' I look all right now, but certain years it was like, 'Wow, I don't know what was going on.'" Let's just hope that he won't be getting more. Stick to the diet, Simon. If you're in the mood to see what this TV judge does best, then keep scrolling.