Simon Cowell is reportedly due to become a father for the first time — with a woman who is still married to a man described as “a close friend” of Cowell’s.
The woman is Lauren Silverman, 36, who is described as a “New York socialite” whose husband, Andrew, is a prominent New York real estate developer, according to this story on the Us Weekly Web site, and this one on The New York Post Web site.
The woman is reportedly 10 weeks pregnant, according to the stories, which say the woman’s marriage has been on the rocks for some time — during which she and Cowell, 53, apparently developed a close relationship.
“Lauren and Andrew have been unhappy in their marriage for some time, and their divorce has been in the works for a while,” says an unnamed source quoted by Us Weekly. “As their marriage deteriorated, she and Simon became close,” the source said.
It was unclear if the marriage was suffering because of her relationship with Cowell, or if the relationship with the reality-TV titan occurred some time after the marriage began to fail. The Post story says Cowell and Silverman have been “regularly” seen together.
The story also says she’s planning to leave her husband to be with Cowell, which would indicate she’s still living with her husband.
For his part, Cowell had yet to make any statements about his impending fatherhood on Wednesday morning. Cowell is, of course, one of the most successful personalities in television — first gaining fame from developing and starring on “American Idol.” More recently, he’s been the producer on “The X Factor” on Fox, on which he is also a judge.