Cowell keeps mum over being a dad
Simon Cowell has spoken for the first time since reports emerged that he is to become a father, insisting the matter will be kept private.
The X Factor boss appeared at a press conference in Los Angeles ahead of the new series of the US version of the talent show.
"I've haven't read the newspapers," the 53-year-old music mogul joked, as he was questioned about widespread reports he is expecting his first child with New York socialite Lauren Silverman.
Asked if his schedule would be affected by being a father, he replied: "I really haven't read the newspapers. Did I miss anything?"
He added: "Unfortunately, I have to keep this, for the moment, private. It's just one of those things. Thank you very much anyway."
Cowell could be called to court after he was named as a "co-respondent" in Mrs Silverman's divorce papers by her husband Andrew, the New York Post said.
Mr Silverman, a property magnate, had filed for divorce based on his wife's adultery despite New York state allowing no-fault divorces, which means Cowell could be called to court to give evidence, it was reported.
Cowell's mother is said to be "delighted" about the news that her son is to become a father for the first time. Julie Cowell told The Sun: "I'm delighted. It's wonderful!"
According to the newspaper, the talent show judge fell for 36-year-old Mrs Silverman after her marriage hit the rocks. Meanwhile, Mail Online has published photographs of Cowell and Mrs Silverman on a Caribbean holiday in January last year. Mr Silverman was also on the holiday and the trio are pictured relaxing on a luxury yacht.
Destiny's Child star Kelly Rowland, who has worked as a judge on the US and UK versions of X Factor, said she thought Cowell would be "a wonderful father".
She told E! News: "It's not my news to share, but I do know about Simon and his character. He's going to be a great dad."
The singer added she did not think the apparent controversy over the divorce would spill over into Cowell's relationship with the child. She said: "I think that he is always respectful. Always classy.
"And I think that he will be like that as a father. He will be a classic father figure."