Simon Cowell Thaws on His Plan to Freeze After Death

Simon Cowell Thaws on His Plan to Freeze After Death
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02/25/2009 AT 11:45 AM EST

He's been called cold-hearted for the judgments he passes on American Idol, but does Simon Cowell plan to be frozen when he passes on – so that he could one day be reborn?

Not at all, his British rep tells PEOPLE in the wake of reports about a recent conversation Cowell, 49, had with his dinner-party host, British Prime Minster Gordon Brown.

The Idol judge was quoted in the U.K.'s Mail on Sunday as telling fellow dinner guests at the gathering. "I have decided to freeze myself when I die. You know, cryonics.

"Medical science is bound to work out a way of bringing us back to life in the next century or so, and I want to be available when they do," he said. "I would be doing the nation an invaluable service."

But his rep, Max Clifford, tells PEOPLE that Cowell's tongue was firmly in his cheek when he made the comments.

"It is absolute nonsense. It was a funny conversation and he was having a joke with the Prime Minister. Nothing more, nothing less. It was a bit of fun and they all laughed about it," says Clifford.

"He was mucking around – as was Gordon Brown. But it's been totally taken out of context. He has no intention of doing that."
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