Britney Spears is crushing on the most hated (liked?) man in the music industry – her boss and lead member of the X-Factor Club, Simon Cowell. From Star:

There’s a new father-figure flame in Britney’s life these days: Her X Factor boss, Simon Cowell! “Simon has helped her through a lot of issues lately,” an insider reveals. “She feels like he’s really on her side and she can tell him anything. It’s done wonders for her self-confidence.”

And Simon, 53, who broke up with fiancee Mezhgan Hussainy earlier this year, seems to be fanning the flames. “Whenever he congratulates her for doing something well, she giggles like a 12-year-old,” add the insider. “She’s totally hooked on his approval.”

Cowell better invest in a good deadbolt. And never take the same route home twice. Bitch is crazy.