Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Cowell 'slowing down at 60'

Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell plans for his career to take a backseat to his family in seven years.

The 53-year-old former X Factor judge is expecting his first child with American socialite Lauren Silverman early next year.

According to UK newspaper The Mirror, the hard-working TV mogul is planning to slow down drastically by the child's seventh birthday.

"It's hard to imagine Simon as a house husband and his work is his life, but he has said it will be time to take a back seat in a few years," a source said.

"He has achieved everything he can with his astonishing career. And while he won't walk away from it all in a hurry, he is looking forward to the day when he becomes a full-time dad."

Simon's baby news was revealed last month amid scandal as Lauren was married at the time to the star's longtime friend, businessman Andrew Silverman.

The former couple, who share a seven-year-old son, swiftly settled their divorce, according to TMZ.

Simon and Lauren are now giving their romance a chance in the open.

The couple reunited in Cannes on Thursday and were seen holding hands and kissing on the French Riviera.

It marked the first time they had been seen together since the baby news broke.

"Simon is delighted Lauren has flown to be by his side and he wants to show he is caring for her. It also sends out a clear signal that he is doing the right thing," a source told The Mirror.

Simon broke his silence about impending fatherhood just last week, revealing he's "proud to be a dad".

"Things are changing in my life right now. [It's] something I haven't thought of before and now I know I feel good about it," he told BBC News at One Direction's film premiere in Leicester Square.

Simon also gushed about the future mother of his child.

"She's a very special girl," he said.

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