Simon Cowell impregnates friend's wife - report
SIMON Cowell is allegedly going to become a father for the first time.
The 53-year-old music mogul is reported to be having a baby with his friend Andrew Silverman's wife, New York socialite Lauren Silverman and she has almost completed her first trimester.
An insider told Us Weekly magazine: "She's around 10 weeks along. Lauren and Andrew have been unhappy in their marriage for some time, and their divorce has been in the works for a while.
"As their marriage deteriorated, she and Simon became close."
Cowell and the 36-year-old brunette have often been seen on vacation together and she is a regular during Simon's annual trip to St Barts.
Lauren Silverman is said to have told friends she wants to tie the knot with Simon.
A source told MailOnline, who first confirmed the reports of Simon's impending fatherhood: "Lauren loves Simon, she says that she wants to marry him. And with the baby, she's going the right way about it! But I think this could be really good for Simon."
However, friends of the eternal bachelor are shocked at the news he is to become a father.
One pal said: "He is an incredibly well-prepared man who is very controlling and no one can believe in a million years that he would make this kind of mistake.
"Knowing him and the way in which he controls every aspect of his life it's astonishing that this has happened. He is not one of those men who would have [had] a child in this way - it just seems so out of character.
"There is a sense of astonishment amongst his circle of friends over this news."
The music boss was last linked to Carmen Electra, with whom he went on several dates in 2012, and was previously engaged to make-up artist Mezhgan Hussainy.
His former flames also include pop star Sinitta and Terri Seymour and he has joked he only likes "crazy" women in the past.
Simon used to insist he never wanted kids - once quipping "God, no... I'd go nuts" - but the eternal bachelor's resolution had softened over time and he was contemplating the idea of fatherhood last year.
The 'X Factor' judge confessed: "I do really, really like kids, because I can talk to them and listen to them.
"The problem has always been how much time you need to devote to bringing up kids. I've always dedicated all my life to work, and at 52, I've probably missed the opportunity."
Cowell nor his representatives are yet to comment on the reports Lauren is expecting his child.