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Cowell: I'm not proposing

Simon Cowell has insisted he isn't ready to propose.

The X Factor star is expecting a boy with his girlfriend Lauren Silverman, with the new arrival due in February. Yesterday it was claimed he had already purchased an expensive band for his partner, which he was planning to present her with over the Christmas holidays.

"No… I haven’t been ring shopping," he insisted to Extra.

Although the 54-year-old star isn't planning to get down on one knee just yet, he has met Lauren's family. He was seen in Miami over the weekend with her father, who he has developed a close bond with.

"I've met him before. He was a cool guy. We got on really well," he explained.

Simon also chatted about the US version of The X Factor which will welcome British boyband One Direction on to perform tonight. Members Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Zayn Malik found fame on the British version of the programme, with Simon taking full credit for their success.

"I always love having them on the show… it’s good for the other competitors to see how well they’ve done. It’s kind of like inspiration," he explained.

Lauren is the ex-wife of Simon's formerly close friend Andrew Silverman. She fell pregnant while still married to Andrew and part of their divorce agreement is said to state that Simon is not allowed contact with their seven-year-old son.

"Simon is being supportive of Lauren's divorce settlement with Andrew [Silverman]. Simon just wanted Lauren to get a quick divorce so they could start their new life together. Simon has mentioned that Andrew had a couple of divorce conditions that are not ideal, but he has not talked about the details," an insider told People.

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