Simon Cowell has reportedly fathered a baby with New York socialite Lauren Silverman, whom he took a Caribbean boat trip with in January 2012 alongside her husband, Andrew Silverman.
According to the Daily Mail, this picture (right) is from their 2012 cruise in St Barths. Powell is on the left, Andrew is center and Laura is on the right.
Reports say that Andrew and Lauren have been officially separated for a year, but he recently filed for divorce.
An unidentified close friend of Lauren's told the Daily Mail: "'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."
Cowell's mother Julie, 87, told The Sun: "I've not heard anything officially. But if it's true then I'm absolutely delighted. It's wonderful! He'll make a fantastic father. He'll be great."
However, another unnamed source close to Cowell said: "Simon is in no doubt the child is his. The other girls can’t believe that she is the one who has [got his baby]. They’ve all met her, they know who she is and they have been reduced to tears by this."
"She has apparently been going around telling people for the last three to six months that she is going to have his baby. Simon has been very stressed in the last few months with his various shows and juggling everything that he has in his life."
"In the harem hierarchy, Lauren is regarded as the fun, party girl. Simon is [said to be] freaked out by this but there is no question that he will not support the child."
There seem to be conflicting reports on whether or not Cowell has hired high-priced Los Angeles lawyer Marty Singer to help him fight any custody or money issues.
On Wednesday, Lauren's stepmother Rosy Davis confirmed that she was expecting a child with Cowell, but Lauren's sister-in-law told the Daily Mail: "I have read the gossip. I have no knowledge whatsoever. I don’t know anything about it."
Cowell said in a 2009 interview: "God, no. I couldn't have children. If I had them here drawing on the walls I'd go nuts. With kids, you've got a routine you can't escape from. You've got to be up at a certain time. Got to listen. When all you want to do is sit in a corner thinking."
Source: Daily Mail